After Major League Baseball resumed following the September 11th, 2001 attacks, New York City and America as a whole were still shaken with what had transpired. But on one night, at Shea Stadium, within darkness came a light.
A light in the form of a home run hit by a future Hall of Famer.
Mets catcher Mike Piazza launched a home run over the center-field wall, sending the crowd at Shea Stadium into a frenzy unlike any another. And suddenly, life was brought back in not only baseball, but in New York City.
Now, the jersey he wore during that game is about to be auctioned off.
Goldin Auctions plans to auction the jersey on April 30 in New York City, ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported last week.
“My God, it’s not right what is going on here,” Piazza’s father, Vince, told the New York Post. “That thing belongs in the Hall of Fame. It belongs to all the fans of baseball. That home run was so important, not only for New York, but for the entire country. When Mike hit that home run, it lit the whole city up again. The city was dark, and that turned the lights on again. It’s a historic home run, and I know how much it means to Mike.”
Mike Piazza, a 2016 Hall of Famer, released a statement as well.
“I’m very disappointed with the situation regarding my game jersey from Sept. 21, 2001,” Mike Piazza previously told the Post. “I’ve expressed my feelings to [chief operating officer] Jeff Wilpon and the Mets. And while it never should have left Citi Field, they have assured me that contact with the seller has been made, and they are making a concerted effort to get the jersey back. I’m hopeful that an agreement can be reached, and we can give back to the fans and all New Yorkers a piece of that evening that was more than just a game.”