Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Piazza, New York Catcher

Today Mike Piazza officially announced his retirement from baseball:

"I have to say that my time with the Mets wouldn’t have been the same without the greatest fans in the world. One of the hardest moments of my career, was walking off the field at Shea Stadium and saying goodbye. My relationship with you made my time in New York the happiest of my career and for that, I will always be grateful. So today, I walk away with no regrets. I knew this day was coming and over the last two years, I started to make my peace with it. For 19 years, I gave it my all and left everything on the field.
God bless and thanks for a wonderful ride."

Getting to see Piazza come home one last time was a highlight of the 2007 season for me. Hearing Voodoo Child pump through the speakers, watching him bring out the scorecard and wave to the roaring crowd. It was one of the most moving moments I've been a part of at Shea. So many of my best Mets memories came from that man. Who can look back on his home run that first game back after September 11th and not get chills? We were lucky to have Mike and we'lll always remember and keep him in our hearts. Best of luck to a great Met and a great guy. See you in Cooperstown in five years.

8 comments:

will said...

while reading the press release, i totally began tearing up when started talking about mets fans.

what a class act. i'm gonna miss him.

caryn said...

okay, i gotta take issue with the title of the post. i always hated f'ing belle and sebastian and for them to write a song about the controversy-that-shouldn't-have-been-a-controversy
pisses me off BIG TIME.

hrumph.

otherwise all is well.

Megan said...

very sorry. never gave the song too much thought i guess, just had a soft spot for any song involving the mets. really, i still have who let the mets out on my ipod.

will said...

i have yo la tengo's charmingly awful "meet the mets" on my ipod.

as well as this song! and a bunch of other b&s songs! sorry, caryn.

Megan said...

got that one too :) and i've been searching everywhere for 'get metsmetized' because what's better than your favorite 80s players attempting to rap?

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