He was only a 62nd round draft pick, yet he hit home runs like no catcher before or after him did. Ever. A long career fueled by dedication and faith had a brief stop in Oakland, the last team he played for.
Now, three years later, a relaxed and happy Mike Piazza is a hitting coach for the Italian national team, a proud father of two young daughters and the best guy you could imagine to sit down with and chit-chat baseball, food and movies. I did just that as our ways crossed during European Baseball Cup and if this interview somehow fails to reflect it, then just take my word for it – Mike is as nice as they get.
But, even better – read for yourselves and find out what Mike thinks of his last year in Oakland, Bengie Molina’s cycle, Moneyball cast and pasta al dente.