Well only an hour later I managed to redo the entire video in another program. In this video, I gave a couple of Mets fans the chance to speak out on how they felt about Mike Piazza having used andro and amphetamines. Should he make it to the Hall of Fame? Does it change how they feel about him?
It is interesting to note that in a conversation off camera with Jenkins, he feels bloggers should be the ones to vote. According to him and Jose Torres who did not want to appear on camera, bloggers are more knowledgeable about the game than writers.
The feelings are bloggers are truth tellers without an ax to grind. While I do not want to tot my own horn, I agree. We tell it the way it has to be told. Despite beings fans of the team, we are more objective than some writers. I think you know at least one person this applies to.
As far as the book, “Long Shot” goes, there are few things that are somewhat jolting for anybody who looked up to this baseball hero. One thing that threw me for a loop was the admission of having taken karate lessons after Roger Clemens beaned him. The next time they met during the World Series and not having karate chopped his nemesis, here is what Piazza had to say:
“There were complications,” Piazza recalled. “The least of them was the realization that Clemens was a big guy, and I stood a pretty fair chance of getting my … kicked in front of Yankee Stadium and the world. That was a legitimate concern.”
While we all do look forward to the team throwing a punch now and again to prove they aren’t pansies, to read that Piazza took karate lessons just brings up images of little boys yelling and practicing karate kicks. Not the image I always had of the hero of the New York Mets.
If you haven’t read the book, it is a definite must have. Draw your own conclusions about the Hall of Fame, who Mike Piazza was and who he always will be to you.