Now let the debate begin – was Mike a Dodger or a Met and what cap should he wear when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Piazza came up through the Dodger system and established himself as the best offensive catcher in the game while in Los Angeles. However, he played more games and accumulated more numbers in his years with the Mets.
In his statement, Piazza was clear as to how he thinks of himself:
â€œLast but certainly not least, I canâ€™t say goodbye without thanking the fans,â€ Piazza said. â€œI canâ€™t recall a time in my career where I didnâ€™t feel embraced by all of you. Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and Miamiâ€”whether it was at home or on the road, you were all so supportive over the years.
â€œBut I have to say that my time with the Mets wouldnâ€™t have been the same without the greatest fans in the world. One of the hardest moments of my career, was walking off the field at Shea Stadium and saying goodbye. My relationship with you made my time in New York the happiest of my career and for that, I will always be grateful.â€
Yes Gary Carter felt the same way – and still identifies himslef more with the Mets than with the Expos, but Carter only played a few years with New York while Piazza played the bulk of his career here. Personally, he is a Met and should go into the HOF wearing a Mets cap.