When baseball catcher Mike Piazza hit that historic home run after the 9/11 event, it help lift up the New York City and brought tears of joy to fans. The New York Mets game jersey Piazza wore that night was a night to remember. However, it’s been sold to the highest bidder in an online auction that began Monday that made Piazza annoyed.
“I’m very disappointed with the situation regarding my game jersey from September 21st, 2001,” Piazza has told the New York Post in an email the following Tuesday by him commenting in regards of this iconic jersey. “I’ve expressed my feelings to Jeff [Wilpon] and the Mets. And while it never should have left Citi Field, they have assured me that contact with the seller has been made and they are making a concerted effort to get the jersey back. I’m hopeful that an agreement can be reached and we can give back to the fans and all New Yorkers a piece of that evening that was more than just a game.”
Is it right that the Mets sold this iconic jersey for profit?
This jersey should never be sold in the first place. With that being said, the buyer has allowed the Mets to show it on a loan in their museum at Citi Field. Since Piazza is entering the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July, this jersey could become the highest-selling jersey in the Mets history and could wind up anywhere that’s not treasured or polished.
This comes to a turnaround when the Mets acknowledged the fact that they made their mistake on Tuesday and offered a statement to the New York Post.
"We made a mistake in selling the jersey and Jeff called Mike to express our regret in so doing,'' the spokesperson said in the post.” We have dedicated a section in the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum to celebrate Mike's achievements and his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and are exploring memorabilia to display in that area.”
This jersey has represented the human spirits fighting back the toughest times in life. With Piazza, his greatest hope in that jersey is if it’s placed in the Hall of Fame so it can be seen by the fans. The Mets need to do all they can get that 9/11 jersey back to the team’s inspiring fans.