Mike Piazza’s New York Mets jersey that was worn when he hit a two-run home run for the win days after Sept. 11 is now on display, according to the New York Daily News. The jersey will remain on display through March 2017.
The catcher's two-run homer in the eighth inning came during the first regular game played at home by a New York team after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The emotional contest against the Atlanta Braves provided New Yorkers with “a moment of normalcy, a time for cheer, a means to celebrate.”
“The jersey is a reminder of New Yorkers’ ability to come together and help one another,” 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels told the Daily News. “It’s a reminder of the world we live in and our ability to be strong for one another.”
Following a private sale by the Mets three years ago and a widely discussed potential auction earlier this year, the jersey was sold in April for $365,000 to SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci, retired Goldman Sachs executive Tony Lauto and his wife Carmela, and Jim McCann, the founder of 1-800-Flowers.
All four owners have “minority stakes in the Mets,” purchasing the jersey to ensure that it “remains in New York and on permanent exhibition,” rotating between the 9/11 Memorial, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Citi Field.
The jersey will be on display next to the recently donated iconic American flag raised above the rubble of ground zero on 9/11.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff