In today’s NY Times, Joshua Robinson has a little piece, “Piazza Leaves Quickly, and Quietly, After Ceremony.” He writes about the ceremonial first pitch battery of Tom Seaver and the former Mets catcher. While Tom Terrific hung out afterwards to shmooze,
Piazza, meanwhile, was nowhere to be seen. Escorted by security, he went from the field to the stadium tunnel. His plan was to acoid the news media was only briefly interrupted, by two questions from a television enws reporter about the new stadium.
It was unclear if Piazza’s reluctance to walk was connected to allegations of steroid use in a recently published book, “The Rocket That Fell to Earth,” by Jeff Pearlman. (emphasis added)
If it was unclear, was it really necessary to bring it up? Maybe it’s just me, but that just seems uncalled for in a situation like this.
More notes on the game:
- After seeing Padres catcher Nick Hundley clock a fan while going after a foul ball, and seeing another one going through the netting, I gotta wonder if I’d want to see behind home plate. Wouldn’t you imagine the fans would be better protected?
- I don’t want to hear excuses about how strange the ballpark is for the outfielders (although it does look huge out there. Camera angles?). These are supposed to be professionals; they should (better) be able to adjust, otherwise it’s going to be a long season .
- How much does it cost to have those jets fly over sporting venues? Whatever it is, I’m sure the money can be better spent, especially these days.