Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon and Piazza gave a speech for the ages.
Piazza thanked a number of coaches, his close family-friend Tommy Lasorda, his father Vincent and the New York Mets fan base.
In what was one of the most touching and real tributes in recent memory, Piazza thanked the police, firemen and first-responders that acted heroically on September 11th, 2001.
“Many of you give me praise for the two run home run in the first game back on September 21st, but the true praise belongs to the police, firefighters, first responders that knew that they were going to die, but went forward anyway.”
As we continue to slog through an ugly election season and tumultuous summer, Piazza’s grace and gratitude was sincere and refreshing. I am not one who believes all athletes need to be role models, but Piazza stood tall today on what was a special day in Cooperstown.