On hand were some of the greatest living catchers in the history of the game; the 1986 World Champion Mets backstop Gary Carter, former Red Sox / White Sox All Star Carlton Fisk, The Big Red Machine's Johnny Bench, former Mets player/ coach & 1973 NL Champion Mets manager Yogi Berra.
Also on hand were former Detroit Tiger catcher & current coach Lance Parrish & one of the best catchers of his era; Ivan Rodriguez. Also on hand for this special night was Mike Piazza's long time family friend & former Dodgers Manager; Tommy Lasorda.
A commemorative poster featuring Piazza was given out to the fans, in which centerfieldmaz was in attendance. Then a ceremony where speeches were made in Piazza's honor. His feat was celebrated by the Mets organization, his team mates & the 36,000 fans at Shea Stadium, as well as the visiting Detroit Tigers.
After the pregame ceremony Art Howe's third place Mets (32-34) hosted an inter league game with Alan Trammel's fourth place Detroit Tigers (31-35) in front of 36,141 paid at Shea..
The pitchers were Tom Glavine for the Mets up against Alan the Tigers' Nate Robinson.
|Detroit Tigers||New York Mets|
|1||Alex Sanchez||CF||1||Kazuo Matsui||SS|
|2||Brandon Inge||3B||2||Todd Zeile||3B|
|3||Ivan Rodriguez||C||3||Mike Piazza||C|
|4||Dmitri Young||1B||4||Shane Spencer||LF|
|5||Rondell White||LF||5||Richard Hidalgo||RF|
|6||Craig Monroe||RF||6||Ty Wigginton||2B|
|7||Omar Infante||2B||7||Mike Cameron||CF|
|8||Jason Smith||SS||8||Jason Phillips||1B|
|9||Nate Robertson||P||9||Tom Glavine||P|
The Tigers scored in the 1st inning, as both Brad Inge & Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez singled. Then Delvin Young reached on a fielder’s choice but Pudge was thrown out. Rondell White then doubled scoring Inge.
As Delvin Young also tried to score, Mike Cameron threw a bullet to Kazo Matsui who then threw a perfect throw to Piazza behind the plate, nailing Young at the plate. The crowd erupted in excitement as Piazza the man of night, made a fine defensive play. Young struck again later with a solo HR in the 4th inning.
In the Mets 5th, Ty Wigginton & Mike Cameron both singled, then Jason Phillips moved the runners over. Tom Glavine singled tying up the game 2-2. Relievers Ricky Bottalico & Braden Looper held down the Tigers to the 9th inning, pitching an inning each.
In the 9th Tiger pitcher; Danny Paterson retired Richard Hidalgo & Ty Wigginton. Mike Cameron stepped in & saved Piazza’s Night, as he became the games hero with an exciting walk off HR to left center field. It was the first of two exciting nights for Cameron.