Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 2/10/13

Excerpts from Mike Piazza's new memoir "Long Shot" were published by The New York Times yesterday and in it, the former Dodgers and Mets All-Star confronts rumors about being gay, taking steroids and lastly — his rivalry with Roger Clemens. In the book, Piazza admits that he steered clear of steroids but used androstenedione — the same controversial supplement that Mark McGuire used — during a stretch of his playing days.  Piazza says he stopped using the supplement before it was banned by MLB.  He also admits he experimented with amphetamines until they were outlawed. The 44-year-old Piazza doesn't hold back when it comes to his grudge against Clemens for beaning him  with a 98 mph fastball during a July 8, 2000 game and then for the infamous bat-throwing incident against the Yankees in the World Series (see video) that same season.  Piazza goes into detail about the storied rivalry. “I truly believe that if I hadn’t gotten my head down at the last instant, Clemens’ two-seamer would have struck me in the eye and possibly killed me,” he recalls. The Yankees hurler called the Mets dugout to apologize during the game, but Piazza wasn’t hearing it. “I grabbed [the phone], threw it and said, ‘Tell him to go f--k himself,’ ” Piazza said. “Roger Clemens had near-perfect control. I wouldn’t have batted an eye if he had just brushed me off the plate — of course that’s what he said he was trying to do . . . But to stick it in my forehead, that’s another story altogether.” In the book, Piazza tells how he mapped out a plan for revenge — taking karate lessons and visualizing the next time they would go at it. “I would approach with my fist pulled back. I figured he’d throw his glove out for protection. I’d parry the glove and then get after it,” Piazza writes. Piazza would get his chance in the 2000 World Series — when the underdog Mets met their crosstown rivals in the Fall Classic. The highly anticipated confrontation between the Mets’ 12-time All-Star catcher and the Yankees flame throwing hurler was the talk of the city. The climactic moment came at Yankee Stadium, during Clemens’ fourth pitch to Piazza in the first inning of Game 2. The righthander's fastball shattered Piazza’s bat into three pieces, with the top part of the bat flying toward the mound. Clemens picked up the splintered barrel and, inexplicably, threw it in Piazza’s direction as the batter ran down the first-base line. “What the f--k is your problem?” Piazza, still holding the handle of the broken bat and walking toward the pitcher’s mound, asked Clemens. But Piazza went no further — and never followed through on his plan for revenge. “There were complications,” he writes. “The least of them was the realization that Clemens was a big guy, and I stood a pretty fair chance of getting my ass kicked in front of Yankee Stadium and the world. That was a legitimate concern.” Now we know.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giants GM confirms he has spoken with Jason Pierre-Paul

Sam Bradford on target to start season opener for Eagles

NFL official: Footballs known to have leaks 'right out of the box'

Bills suspend assistant coach for first six games of 2015

Trent Richardson has 50-50 chance at making Raiders roster

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rex Ryan takes subtle jabs at Jets' upper management

Everett Golson responds to Paul Finebaum's criticism

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist

Malcolm Butler daring Brady to throw his way in practice

Geno Smith confident worst is behind him and the Jets

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

July's best and worst players in Major League Baseball

Why TCU and Baylor will again dominate the Big 12

WATCH: Dez Bryant throws punches at training camp

There's no need for Notre Dame to join a conference

WATCH: Benches clear during Royals-Blue Jays game

Jim Harbaugh gives Nicki Minaj a shoutout on Twitter

The Kardashian sisters still call Caitlyn Jenner 'Bruce'

Tennessee fan recreates Neyland Stadium in backyard

Lolo Jones: I could last at least a minute against Rousey

Bears have very strict rules for media during training camp

Jamaal Charles: I feel like I'm the LeBron James of football

Ronda Rousey: I'll fight Cyborg if she stops taking steroids

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker