Mike Piazza and feeling like a teenager again
By Cary Osborne
I was 29 days short of 12 years old when Mike Piazza made his Major League debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 1, 1992.
For most of my difficult, awkward and developmental teenage years, Piazza was one of my idols.
I was there at Dodger Stadium on October 3, 1993 in celebration of my 13th birthday when he hit two home runs and knocked the San Francisco Giants out of playoff contention on the final game of the year. In 1994, I ripped the cover off Sports Illustrated’s Baseball Preview, which featured Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr., framed it and put it on my bedroom wall. It stayed there for years.
I was weeks away from graduating high school when Piazza played his final game as a Dodger. I’ll never forget how special Piazza was when he played in L.A.
One hundred and seventy-seven home runs, a .331 batting average, a .966 OPS as a Dodger.
Today he enters the Hall of Fame.
And thank you Jon SooHoo for posting these fantastic photos today and helping me relive my teenage years.