Just in time for the New Year, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with the number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list takes a look at the timeline of all time Mets great Mike Piazza. Today's moment is the final installment of our latest Seven in Seven Series, Piazza's farewell.
1. Piazza Says Goodbye
Date: October 2, 2005
The Buildup: It was the 2005 baseball season and Mike Piazza's final year in his seven year contract with the New York Mets. Eight years, 972 games, 3,478 at bats, 532 runs, 1,028 hits, 220 home runs, a .296 batting average, and a .542 slugging percentage had all came to this game. Piazza had a profound impact on the organization since the day he arrived. Piazza had led the team to back to back playoff appearances and their first World Series appearance since the 1986 championship season. All of these tremendous accomplishments helped him become the face of the franchise.
The Moment: Knowing that the team and future Hall of Fame catcher would likely part ways, a stadium of 47,000 plus fans would be sure to serenade the player who had carried the franchise with such pride. In what would be his final curtain call as a Met after his final three at bats, Piazza would receive an incredible eight-minute ovation from the crowded stadium that would make sure the catcher knew just how much appreciated he was.
And the organization would also be sure to tribute him that game in such fashion.
In Hindsight: Though every true baseball player's goal is to win a World Series, and every fan's dream is for their team is to win the World Series, the gift that was Mike Piazza was as good as they come. Piazza would end up meaning so much for the team, from his first at bat to his 200th career home run; from leading the team to the postseason and beyond to the 9/11 home run. Though he may have donned other hats, when you think Mets catcher, no one may ever be able replace a Mets' uniformed Mike Piazza.
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