Piazza was at last night's Mets-Cubs game at Citi Field to help commemorate 9/11's 10th anniversary, along with several former Mets teammates (Piazza caught the game's ceremonial first pitch from former closer John Franco). Piazza talked about his home run along with ESPN's Bob Ley and Bobby Valentine (who was, of course, the Mets' manager at the time), and when recalling what it all meant, he couldn't hold back his emotions:
One thing that struck us about Piazza's reflections: the acknowledgment that the players weren't even sure they should play that night, or even could. Mostly, we remember displays of great strength and unity post-9/11, the importance of getting back to our normal lives. Piazza's comments were a reminder of how hard that could be to do. That night, though, Piazza found a way, and that memory remains powerful today...for Piazza and a whole lot of others.
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