“â€¦i have heard from people in the Mets organization who feel piazza could one day see his number retired in Citi Fieldâ€¦ the team clearly puts him on the same pedestal as Tom Seaver, having the two featured shoulder to shoulder, with no one else, during various on-field ceremonies over the last few yearsâ€¦ however, from what i can gather, the Mets are waiting to see what happens with mike and the Hall of Fameâ€¦ i actually think this is pretty smartâ€¦ i mean, if they retire mikeâ€™s number and then he is inducted in to the Hall of Fame in a Dodgers cap, or, if they have to retire his number after heâ€™s in the hall as a Dodger, given all the Wilpons-Love-the-Dodgers criticism from Mets fans, iâ€™m thinking that could end up being quite awkward for the teamâ€¦ and so, i can understand why theyâ€™re waiting, and letting this play outâ€¦ mike isnâ€™t eligible until 2012â€¦ he last played for the Mets in 2005â€¦ so, who knows, maybe in 2015, the 10â€“year anniversary of him leaving the Mets, maybe that will mark a good time to send up his numberâ€¦” – Cerrone
I couldn’t disagree with Cerrone any stronger on any topic than I do on this one. So the Mets shouldn’t retire Piazza’s number before he makes the hall because “it may be awkward” if he is inducted as a Dodger? Really? So hypothetically he is inducted as a Dodger that should cease to end his chances of his number retired by the Mets? Bizarre rationale if you ask me. The guy was there for the final game at Shea and the first at CitiField putting him on par with Seaver. I don’t care if Piazza himself said “I see myself as a Dodger” he still would deserve his number retired by the Mets and the majority of Mets fans would agree. Was he an all-time great as a Met? That’s enough for me.Will his game winning homers be erased from our memory if the HOF puts him in as a Dodger? The 9/11 homer vanishes, his top 5 MVP finishes vanish.Somehow Nolan Ryan has his number retired by 3 teams (2 of which he wasn’t inducted to the HOF with) and that’s just one example. Furthermore since when has Fred Wilpon shown any love for the LOS ANGELES Dodgers? He may love his “Bums” but Piazza was an LA Dodger something that has nothing to do with the Brooklyn team Fred grew up cheering for.