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In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Major League Baseball shut down operations for more than a week. When play finally resumed in New York City on Sept. 21, the Mets took on the rival Braves at a highly emotional Shea Stadium.
With the Mets down by a run in the eighth inning, Mike Piazza stepped to the plate. What followed helped with the city’s healing process. The eventual Hall of Fame catcher blasted a Steve Karsay fastball deep into the Flushing night, giving the Mets the lead in a game they would go on to win.
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Piazza spoke of the home run during his 2016 induction speech in Cooperstown.
“Sept. 11, 2001, is a day that forever changed our lives,” Piazza said. “To witness the darkest evil of the human heart and how it tore many loved ones from their families will forever be burned in my soul. But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character and, eventually, healing.
“Many of you give me praise for the two-run home run on the first game back on Sept. 21 to push us ahead of the rival Braves. But the true praise belongs to police, firefighters, first responders, who knew they were going to die, but went forward anyway.”MORE NEWS: 'Spirit Day' Encourages Support For LGBTQ+ Youth, Offers Solidarity Against Bullying, Harassment
The home run is considered the defining moment of Piazza’s eight-year run with the Mets.