The 5 biggest "what ifs" in Mets history
4) What if Mike Piazza charged the mound in the 2000 World Series?
The 2000 MLB season saw the Mets-Yankees rivalry reach its climax. For the first time since 1956, the World Series featured two New York teams, as it was the Mets vs. the Yankees for all the marbles.
After the Yankees came from behind to win Game 1, the Bronx Bombers sent Roger Clemens to the Yankee Stadium mound for Game 2. In the top of the first inning, Mike Piazza came to the plate. On the 4th pitch of the at-bat, Clemens came inside with a fastball and Piazza was able to foul the pitch off with his bat shattering in half. The barrel ended up in the hands of the Yankees’ right-hander and instead of calmly tossing it to the side, he threw it at Piazza who was just a couple of feet up the first base line.
Piazza, in utter shock, took a couple steps towards the mound but did nothing other than exchange words with Clemens. Both players remained in the game and Clemens went on to throw 8 shutout innings in another Yankees victory. They would go on to win the series in five games.
Had the Mets catcher chosen to charge the mound to fight Clemens, both players probably would have been ejected from the game in just the first inning. Would the Mets have won Game 2 and changed the complexion of the series? Hard to say their odds wouldn't have increased.