Mike Piazza was not among the 2001 Mets who were quoted last week about the flashbacks to Sept. 11 brought about by the death of Osama bin Laden. Piazza has mostly kept to himself since retiring, but a person in the know said the future Hall of Famer is expected to be at Citi Field when the Mets host the Cubs on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
It was Piazza who hit the memorable home run against the Braves on Sept. 21, 2001, in the first game in New York after the attacks. Even if he had been reached last week, it's hard to imagine he would have been more eloquent than he was in January when he addressed the topic during an appearance in Manhattan.
"It was such a week and an event unto itself," he said. "We really at that time had to re-examine our priorities as to who we were and what was important to us. It shook us and it shook the city -- everybody who was here -- down to our foundation, to your core. It took a tremendous amount of faith and prayers, people pulling together, to get through that event, which was just tragic.
"I think back to it and I get emotional about it because you do want to remember it because you never want to forget. But when you do think back and you were here, I start to get emotional because you think back to the fences with people with their names and pictures, all the stories that we heard. It's something for me that will obviously always be burned in my memory.
"To come back and at least try to help the city heal a little bit . . . But it wasn't just me with my home run. The whole team that week just pulled together and it was just something that I'll never forget. It's bittersweet to think back. It really is."