Tears in his eyes, Piazza addressed the crowd with nothing but sincere gratitude while also taking a shot at Tom Hanks.
“With all due respect to Tom Hanks, there is crying in baseball,” said the catcher referring to his emotions these past couple of weeks.
Other than the obvious Jackie Robinson, Piazza joins some pretty distinguished company in Gil Hodges, Casey Stengel and Tom Seaver whose No. 41 will be his neighbor on the leftfield wall.
Piazza is often referred to as the best hitting-catcher of all-time and his career numbers back up this notion. In his 16 years in the MLB, he hit for an impressive .308 average while crushing 427 homeruns.
Take away a few of those long balls due to his time spent as a DH and first baseman, Piazza currently holds the career record for most homeruns by a catcher in MLB history with 396.
Eight of those 16 years were spent in the blue and orange uniforms which included many moments that will go down in Mets history like his “healing homerun” ten days after the 9/11 attack.
Piazza smiled from ear to ear knowing it will be the last time he hears a deafening “Mike Piazza” chant from the Mets faithful.
His memory, however, will never fade as he is forever enshrined in Mets history