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A Yankee Fan Salutes Mets' Mike Piazza, Hall of Famer

When the Yankees used to face off against the Mets in interleague play, even during their late 1990s-early 2000s storm into the postseason, the most feared man on the opposing team was always Mike Piazza, the former Mets catcher. He was the baseball "stud" the Mets needed to bring them back into the postseason, and to an eventual World Series showdown in 2000 against their crosstown rivals. The Mets lost that "Subway Series," and eventually Piazza went off into the sunset. But today, the sun rises over Cooperstown as Mike Piazza joins Ken Griffey, Jr. as an inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

He was the man who hit that famed game-winning home run on the first home game played in New York, ten days after the nightmare of September 11, 2001, defeating the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium, lifting even this Yankee fan out of his seat to applaud the newest, but long-overdue, inductee into the Hall of Fame.

Three cheers for a feared opponent, a great ballplayer, a classy human being always: Michael Joseph Piazza.

Postscript: Watch some excerpts on YouTube of one of the finest speeches ever given by an inductee of the Hall of Fame. For me, Piazza knocked it out of the park. Bravo!