Friday, February 27, 2009

I want to believe Mike Piazza

Joel Sherman's column on Mike Piazza sums up how I feel about Piazza in light of the steroid age. Sherman likes Piazza and wants him to be clean. He has no evidence to suggest otherwise. But it's hard not to wonder about a 62nd-round draft pick who sets an all-time record for homers by a catcher.

I really hope Piazza is clean, also, and not just because I'm a big fan of his. If something comes out on Piazza, I'm going to have to reevaluate how I look at PED cheats. Because I'm just not ready to stop being a fan of his.

It's easy when the big names in the Mitchell Report from your team are people like Mo Vaughn. Seeing Todd Hundley's name was disappointing, but his best years were not memorable ones for the team as well.

Lenny Dykstra will always be a major figure in Met history, but by all accounts he did not start to bulk up until well after the 1986 season. He did hit 19 of his career 81 homers during a pennant-winning year, but that was in 1993 for the Phillies.

It's fun to sit back on this side of things and watch the parade of Yankee apologies, but it's hard to imagine that no Met stars were (or are) ever involved.

If only MLB would try full disclosure for a change. Release the other 103 names, but also emphasize that these were just the guys who got caught and that the problem was much more widespread. Estimate a number - 50%? 80% of players were juiced?

Until then, many fans will go for 100%, not just because it's as likely as any other, but because then it won't hurt as bad when it's one of your favorite players who has to make the apologies.


"Nutball Gazette" said...

I also hope Piazza is clean, However I also live in Florida and saw how he struggled to get out of the
"Class A League Vero Beach Dodgers)
over 2 seasons.
I agree, release the 103 names and lets move forward.

Anonymous said...

piazza is a name i have been anticipating, but would be very disappointed to see. as a met fan, this one would be the most painful. unfortunately, it would not be a big surprise. hate to be so jaded, but i was surprised that he was not named in the mitchell report. will keep fingers crossed!

mhochman said...

NEW YORK (CNN) — Mike Piazza today admitted that he has lied in the past, and following in Alex Rodruigues's footseps wants to admit his past mistakes "I have lied to you in the past, the media, the fans, i've lied to all of you, and today i wish to set the record straight" Said Piazza "Alex coming forward has made me realise that i cannot keep this from the public, and I would rather admit it now than allow an investigative reporter to dig this up... So it is with great humility that I admit....I am Gay"

Anonymous said...

hochman, it would appear that you put a lot of work into that. too bad. it is not funny, nor very creative. and, considering that piazza is anticipating the birth of his 2nd child with his playmate wife, not very accurate.
perhaps your friends in grade school got a chuckle out of that, but with it being 2009 and all, homosexual humor is not very humorous.

mhochman said...

Aparently Parody is beyond your comprehension.

I'll have one of my grade school friends explain it to you some time.

Anonymous said...

Hochman, it is very important that, when you choose to attempt to insult someones intelligence, you not misspell words. perhaps you can check with your grade school friends on the spelling of apparently. while you are at it, look up "realize" and "rodriguez" too.

1 : a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule
2 : a feeble or ridiculous imitation

I comprehend very well, and I see that your attempt fits the 2nd definition more accurately than the first. just wasn't funny. a pathetic attempt really.

mhochman said...

Ahh, I was not aware that the grammmar police were around,

You are most welcome to your opinion, I apologise to you for striking a nerve.

But hey, as I said, you're entitled to your opinion, i'm not going to get into an arguement with you for not finding it funny. as people have a different definition of humor.

Anonymous said...

well, considering no one else has commented on your tremendous wit, i would wager that i am not alone in not finding you funny.

mhochman said...

Could be, Personally, I don't really care. As I said, you are more than welcome to your opinion, if other share it, hey, they have that right too,

It's all good.

Subway Squawkers said...

I'm just creeped out by Joel Sherman writing that Piazza had backne. Yikes!

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