When I think of 9/11 what comes to my mind? The answer is…Mike Piazza

Let me give you the break down for a young 11-year-old Mets fan. On September 11th 2001, the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in downtown Manhattan occurred when I was in the 6th grade. At the time, I was in love with baseball and the New York Mets because they were the “Amazin’s.” I sat at my couch wondering, “why did this happen? why would anyone do this? What is going to happen to our life after that?

Well after a few days of cleaning up the city and vigils in downtown Manhattan, everything seemed to get better. Then, the game of baseball resumed and the New York Mets returned to Shea Stadium to play the rival Atlanta Braves.

I have to tell you that I am the fan who watches the first pitch and the last pitch of the game. And when the Mets played their first game home on September 21st, it was the greatest game I have ever watched in my life. I saw the American flag raising, I saw God Bless America signs, and even Liza Minneli sang “New York, New York” during the 7th inning stretch.

But the greatest thing I ever witnessed was my hero Mike Piazza hitting a home run in the 8th inning off of Steve Karsay to take the lead and win 3-2. I was screaming from my couch in my basement and will always remember them winning that game because of it. I can hear Howie Rose in my head right now when I think of that Piazza home run.

Fast-forward ten years, I still cry when I watch that home run. I get all emotional when I think of September 11th and I can’t think of anything besides my family and Mike Piazza. Football was played during that time but I can’t even tell you what happened during that time. The Yankees also played but I can’t tell you what they did during that time. All I can think about is baseball and the New York Mets.

Below I am posting the video of Mike Piazza’s home run and also what he had to say after the game was over. I just want sports fans to remember that even though the world is in turmoil and we can’t seem to find a way to get back to normalcy, baseball and sports brings us all together. It is America’s pastime combined with a stadium filled with of amazing sports fans that make you realize that Americans can be happy and get through these bad times together rather than having to do it alone. It is those moments and those times that make your life not only a story but a memory book. God Bless America and let us never forget 9/11/01.

“I’m just so happy I gave the people something to cheer,” Piazza said. “There was a lot of emotion. It was just a surreal sort of energy out there. I’m just so proud to be a part of it tonight.”

 “These people are great,” he said. “New York has been so strong through all this. I feel so sad. I met two kids today who lost their fathers.”

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One Comment on “When I think of 9/11 what comes to my mind? The answer is…Mike Piazza”

  1. Donald Dwyer Says:

    Reblogged this on The Sports Cycle and commented:

    “It’s been 12 years later since the attacks on the World Trade Center took place in New York. The sport that got all of us back to normality was baseball. Thank you Mike Piazza for making such a difference in my life. There is a reason you are going into the Mets Hall of Fame on September 29th.”


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