NYSD’s Top 10 New York Sports Moments of the Decade

#7) 2001: Mike Piazza’s Home Run Ten Days after 9/11

Prior to the Yankees’ World Series comebacks, the Mets and catcher Mike Piazza provided a similar brief moment for New York baseball fans to heal and to come together after 9/11. Playing on September 21, 2001, in the first professional sporting event in New York since September 11th, Piazza provided a much-needed spirit-lifting and smile-giving two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth inning, deep over the center field wall off Queens native Steve Karsay, to give the Mets a 3-2 victory over Atlanta. Prior to the game, Mets and Braves players, coaches, and managers, though many were long-time rivals, followed pregame ceremonies by exchanging heartfelt hugs on the field in light of the 9/11 tragedy only ten days earlier.

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Jon Wagner

Jon has been a credentialed writer with New York Sports Day since 2009, primarily covering the New York Knicks and Hofstra men's basketball. He has also occasionally covered other college basketball and New York's pro teams including the Mets, Giants, Jets, Islanders, Rangers and Cosmos (including their three most recent championship seasons).Jon is former Yahoo Sports contributor who previously covered various sports for the Queens Ledger. He's a proud alum of Hofstra University and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting (which he attended on a full scholarship).He remains convinced to this day that John Starks would have won the Knicks a championship in 1994 had Hakeem Olajuwon not blocked Starks' shot in Game 6 of the 1994 NBA Finals.

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