Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 9/4/12
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MIKE PIAZZA! Over the years, we’ve had many posts on MMO about Mike Piazza. So many unforgettable stories, inspiring quotes and wonderful memories about a player who touched so many lives. In an MMO interview with Mike Piazza by Jim Mancari, we learned that Piazza’s faith played a significant role in his life both on and off the field. “Once we get to certain point in our lives, we need to internalize our success and really give thanks for why we are successful,” said Piazza. “A lot of those things are a spiritual gift.” I recall these words written by a former MMO writer who you may remember as Annie Savoy. She wrote, “Never has a catcher been such a gentlemen, both at the plate and behind it, much like Johnny Bench. Mike was given a bit of a hard time when he originally arrived on the Mets, but once we got to know him, we never wanted to let him go. Pitchers loved him and the rest of the team did, too. He was a private man, and a religious man, and it made hi...
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