WOR/New York To Re-Air Play-By-Play Of Iconic Post-9/11 Mike Piazza Home Run Game
July 26, 2016 at 4:40 AM (PT)
in honor of MIKE PIAZZA's induction into the BASEBALL HALL OF FAME last week and the retirement of his uniform number coming up on SATURDAY, the NEW YORK METS' flagship station, iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk WOR-A/NEW YORK, will air a rebroadcast on THURSDAY (7/28) of the SEPTEMBER 21, 2001 game against the ATLANTA BRAVES in which PIAZZA memorably hit the first home run by a NEW YORK player after the 9/11 attacks.
METS broadcaster HOWIE ROSE said, “The METS-BRAVES game of SEPTEMBER 21st, 2001 was perhaps the most unique sporting event in NEW YORK CITY history. Just ten days after the attacks which took down the WORLD TRADE CENTER and killed nearly three thousand people, it was with great trepidation that many of us made our way to SHEA STADIUM.
“A crowd of over forty thousand people had not gathered in one place in NEW YORK over the previous week and a half, and there was a palpable nervousness in the ballpark. Until MIKE PIAZZA changed the narrative. His dramatic home run could not reverse the most tragic event in our nation's history, but it provided a lift, a reason to take a cleansing breath and break into a smile with a clear conscience. Fifteen years later, that home run still provides solace, warmth, and yes, sheer happiness. Hopefully this rebroadcast provides a bit of that."
The game broadcast, called by GARY COHEN and the late BOB MURPHY, will be preceded by a pre-game retrospective of PIAZZA's career hosted by PETE MCCARTHY, starting at 6p (ET) THURSDAY.