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Mike Piazza’s post-9/11 home run in NY won’t soon be forgotten
Mike Piazza’s home run after 9/11 is one of the most memorable in Mets’ history. (Courtesy: NorthJersey.com/USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Piazza’s post-9/11 home run in NY won’t soon be forgotten

NEW YORK (BVM) – Sept. 11, 2001, is a day that no one will ever forget. Sept. 21, 2001, is when the recovery process began for the United States and the city of New York.

Ten days following the attacks on the World Trade Center, Major League Baseball resumed its regular season schedule with a matchup in Queens between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets.

Emotions were high even before the first pitch with a touching national anthem.

The game began and for the majority of the game, it was a 1-1 tie. In the top of the eighth inning, the Braves tacked on another run to take a 2-1 lead.

But in the next half-inning, Mike Piazza, one of the most beloved Mets in the history of the franchise, would step up to the plate with a runner on.

The 32-year-old catcher drove a pitch to left-center to cause pure mayhem in the stands at Shea Stadium. With one inning to go, the Mets then held a 3-2 lead.

Armando Benitez came back out for the ninth inning, shutting the door on the Braves and securing the win.

With the city dealing with trauma and continued fear of attacks, at the moment of the home run, all 41,000 people in the stands were able to forget about all of the recent tragedies and just relished the fact that their star catcher just gave them the lead in a game down the stretch against a division rival.

With families in the crowd who lost loved ones over recent days, they were able to find a distraction from all that they had endured.

The home run took place 21 years ago, but those who remember watching it still feel the same goosebumps that they felt at that exact moment.