September 21st, 2001
On this day twelve years ago, Mike Piazza hit what is likely the most memorable home run in franchise history. With not only the entire city of New York, but most of the free world watching Piazza launched a one out offering from Steve Kotsay off the centerfield television tower. On any other night, this was a two-run home run that gave the Mets the lead, but on this night it was so much more.
As described here by Effing Mets' own Timothy, Piazza's towering shot immediately sent the 57,000 present straight tears. For the first time in ten days, the people of New York were given a brief reprieve from the horrors they had experienced in the days prior. This was one of the few times that baseball in New York was as important was we always make it out to be. On that night baseball was necessary because it returned a level of normalcy to New York City.
Mike Piazza had so many moments while playing in Queens, but this was without question the shot no one will ever forget.