Mets clutch moment: Mike Piazza’s Post-9/11 Home Run
Amidst a suddenly changed world full of hostility and uncertainty, the Mets hosted the first major sporting event in the city following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center which left thousands of innocent Americans dead. That event took place ten days following the attacks with a game at Shea Stadium against the Atlanta Braves.
The Mets were trailing their archrivals 2-1 entering the bottom of the eighth inning in a game they desperately needed to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Enter Mike Piazza, the greatest home run hitting catcher in history with a runner on first, and Howie Rose commentates from there. Piazza delivered one of the most iconic moments in Mets and baseball history, smacking a go-ahead two run home run to center field off Atlanta’s Steve Karsay.
Piazza’s home run gave the Mets a 3-2 lead for good, and for one night, Mets fans could forget about their troubles.
Although the Mets missed the playoffs in 2001 following their World Series year the year prior, this remains one of the most clutch moments in team history because of the impact it had for a country following one of its darkest hours.
Some argue that this was the moment that made Piazza a Hall of Famer.