By Mike Piazza
Mike Piazza’s autobiography—the candid tale of the best hitting catcher within the historical past of baseball, from his inauspicious draft choice to his corridor of Fame-worthy achievements and the weird controversies that marked his career.
Mike Piazza was once chosen through the la Dodgers within the 62nd around of the 1988 baseball draft as a “courtesy pick.” The Dodgers by no means anticipated him to play for them—or an individual else. Mike had different principles. Overcoming his detractors, he turned the nationwide League rookie of the yr in 1993, broke the checklist for season batting regular through a catcher, holds the list for occupation domestic runs at his place, and used to be chosen as an All superstar twelve instances.
Mike was once groomed for baseball good fortune through his formidable, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a vintage father-son American-dream tale. With the Dodgers, Piazza verified himself as baseball’s premiere offensive catcher; however the staff by no means appeared prepared to acknowledge him because the franchise participant he used to be. He joined the Mets and led them to the memorable 2000 international sequence with their cross-town competitors, the Yankees. Mike tells the tale at the back of his dramatic disagreement with Roger Clemens in that sequence. He addresses the steroid controversy that hovered round him and significant League Baseball in the course of his time and offers useful standpoint at the topic. Mike additionally addresses the rumors of being homosexual and describes the joys of his game-winning domestic run on September 21, 2001, the 1st baseball (generic term) performed in manhattan after the Sept. 11 tragedy. alongside the way in which, he tells great tales approximately teammates and opponents that baseball lovers will consume.
Long Shot is written with perception, candor, humor, and grace. It’s amazing and encouraging, one of many nice activities autobiographies.
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The Mets trailed by a losing in five games. Three of run in the eighth inning with a man the defeats were by one run, on base when catcher Mike Piazza then Game 5 was lost when crushed the ball over the center-field the Yankees broke a 2–2 tie fence for the eventual 3–2 margin of in the top of the ninth on Luis victory. Sojo’s single. The hit to center field drove in Jorge Posada. As Posada was sliding into home, the throw from Payton hit him and bounced into the Yankees’ dugout. This allowed another run to score.
K” Dwight “Doc” Gooden had one of the best starts to a career in baseball history. At 19 years old in 1984, he became the youngest game with a homer to left off player to be named Rookie of the Mets closer Jesse Orosco. The Year and play in an All-Star Game. As Mets responded by scoring the season progressed, fans at Shea three times in the 16th on RBI began celebrating each of his strike- singles by Knight and Dyks- outs by hanging a sign with the letter tra and on a wild pitch. Orosco “K” near the left-field foul pole.
The sixth. Knight put the Mets The Mets were down to their ahead with a homer in the sev- last three outs, then two outs, enth off Schiraldi, and New then one. But Carter singled to York entered the ninth up 8–5. left, Mitchell returned from the Orosco was called on to pro- clubhouse to single to center, tect the lead, as he did against and Knight blooped a two-strike the Astros. And again, the left- single to center. Suddenly, the hander recorded the final out Mets were down by only a run with a strikeout.