Mike Piazza

  • Aired:  02/12/13
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Mike Piazza discusses the New York Mets, his humble professional beginnings, and his book, "Long Shot." (7:02)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK MY GUEST TONIGHT 12-TIME ALL STAR MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER AND MOST

HOME RUNS BY A CATCHER.

HIS NEW BOOK IS CALLED "LONG SHOT." PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM MIKE PIAZZA.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HAVE A SEAT, MY MAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: HOW ARE YOU?

>> GOOD.

>> Jon: CONGRATULATIONS ON EVERYTHING.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: INCLUDING THE BOOK "LONG SHOT." HERE IS WHAT YOU DON'T REALIZE HE WAS NOT A SURE SHOT FOR THE

MAJOR LEAGUES.

YOU WERE DRAFTED -- WHAT WAS YOUR DRAFT POSITION?

>> THE 62 HND ROUND.

>> 12 TEAMS STOPPED DRAFTING.

[ LAUGHTER ]

IT WASN'T A BIG PRIDE BOOSTER COMING IN.

>> Jon: DID YOU GUESS -- YOU WERE WAITING BY THE PHONE AND NOTHING RANGE OR YOU WERE, YOU

KNEW IT WASN'T GOING TO HAPPEN.

YOU WERE GOING TO GET A TRYOUT.

>> I GOT A TELEGRAM THREE DAYS AFTER THE DRAFT.

>> Jon: REALLY?

>> OH, BY THE WAY IT WAS SELECTED.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT I WAS ELATED BUT AGAIN, I REALIZED AT THIS TIME IT WAS A BIG MOUNTAIN CLIMB.

>> Jon: NOT ONLY DO YOU CLIMB IT, MORE HOME RUNS THAN ANY CATCHER IN HIM.

.308 BATTING AVERAGE.

THE BEST HITTING CATCHER BAR NONE IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

RIDICULOUS.

>> IT WAS A GREAT RUN.

>> Jon: AND ALMOST THE MORE PHENOMENAL ASPECT OF IT IS THAT YOU DID MOST OF THAT OR AN ALL

OF LOT OF THAT AS AN NEW YORK MET.

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND AS YOU AND I BOTH KNOW, USUALLY WHEN YOU GO TO THE METS, YOU BREAK A FEMUR, --

>> YOU GET ARRESTED.

>> Jon: YOUR ARM FALLS OFF.

IT'S THE THING.

IF YOU DO GO TO THE HALL OF FAME, AND I THINK YOU WILL GO TO THE HALL OF FAME.

THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME BEING ELIGIBLE AND YOU GOT 50% ARE YOU GOING AS A MET OR DODGER?

>> I WOULD THINK THE METS.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

I TALK ABOUT THAT A LOT.

YOU KNOW, I CAME UP WITH THE DODGERS AND I I WAS FORTUNATE GOING TO THE MINOR LEAGUES

BECAUSE OF THEIR TRADITION COACHED BY ROY CAMPNELLA AND DON DRIESDALE SANDY COFAX.

HIS A LOT OF ADVANTAGE COMING UP WITH THE DODGERS.

>> Jon: IF YOU HAD COME UP WITH THE METS YOU COULD HAVE BEEN COACHED BY MOOKIE, THE MOOKSTER.

HE WAS ACTUALLY GOOD.

EDDIE MARTIN COULD HAVE THROWN STUFF YOUR WAY.

[LAUGHTER]

NOBODY GOT IN.

NO MODERN PLAYER GOT IN BECAUSE OF STEROID CLOUD.

NOW, YOU CAN'T WIN WITH THAT.

IF YOU DENY DOING IT NOBODY BELIEVES YOU AND IF YOU SAY YOU DID IT THEN EVERYBODY -- WHY

WRITE THE BOOK?

>> I WROTE THE BOOK BECAUSE I THINK I HAD A REALLY COOL STORY.

I FELT LIKE HIS TO ADDRESS IT IN THE ERA I PLAYED IN AND I D. A LOT OF REACTION WAS WHEN THE

HALL VOTE HAPPENED AND NO ONE GOING ON THEY WERE LIKE HE HAS TO TALK ABOUT IT AND THEN I CAME

OUT WITH THE BOOK AND THEY ARE LIKE WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT IT FOR.

HE HAS TO SAY SOMETHING.

WHAT IS HE DOING THIS FOR?

NEEDS THE MONEY.

>> Jon: NGO NO, HE DIDN'T.

>> IT'S NOT A MONEY THING.

>> Jon: HE HAD A GOOD CONTRACT.

>> I DID.

>> Jon: DID THE GUYS KNOW IN THAT ERA WAS IT UBIQUITOUS.

YOU SAID IN THE BOOK GREENIES AM FETE MEANS, CREATE TEEN, A COUPLE OF PROTEIN SHAKES A LICE

OF STUFF.

EVERYBODY SEEMED TO PUSH INCLUDING THAT POINT UP TO THE POINT AT LEAST OF LEGAL YAMENT.

DID THE GUYS KNOW, WAS IT AN OPEN SECRET OF WHO WAS OVER THAT LINE?

>> NOT IN MY CLUBHOUSE.

ALL THE CLUBHOUSES I PLAYED IN WERE PRETTY -- AS FAR AS THE GAME GOES PRETTY CLEAN AS FAR AS RUMORS.

IF YOU PUT IT IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE THE GAME WAS CHANGING.

GUYS WERE REALLY JUST LIFTING WEIGHTS IN GENERAL AND GETTING BIGGER AND GOING TO THE GYM.

WHEN I FIRST CAME UP YOU DON'T LIFT WEIGHTS YOU'LL GET MUSCLE BOUND.

THE SWING WILL SLOW DOWN.

GUYS BOUGHT BIGGER AND REALIZED YOU COULD HIT HOME RUNS.

CULTURALLY IT WAS CHANGING.

ONCE YOU SAW THE RECORDS COMPROMISED PEOPLE WERE GETTING A LITTLE --

>> Jon: DID YOU MAKE A CONSCIOUS CHOICE.

DID YOU MAKE A CONSCIOUS CHOICE TO SAY BUT I WON'T DO -- WAS THAT CONSCIOUS OR NEVER

REALLY -- NOT LIKE PEOPLE --

>> OF COURSE IT WAS CONSCIOUS.

AT THE TIME IT WAS LIKE, WHEN YOU HIT THE GYM IT'S FUNNY LIKE THE -- I REMEMBER AS A KID

DYNAMIC TENSION AND I STARTED LIFTING AND REALIZING --

>> Jon: YOU AND I BOTH.

I WAS ON EVERYTHING.

EVERYTHING!

[LAUGHTER]

IT DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.

>> SOME GUYS BELLIES GET ON STEROIDS, TOO.

>> Jon: IS IT TEXTING?

DO YOU UNDERSTAND IT -- DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY SOME GUYS.

THINK ABOUT THE CONTRACT YOU GOT.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY SOME GUYS DO IT?

>> I OBVIOUSLY COULD UNDERSTAND WHY FROM A FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE BUT IT DOES SHALL FOR ME IT WAS

COMPROMISING THE SPEG GREAT OF THE GAME.

AT LEAST MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WAS ABLE TO ADDRESS IT.

IN THIS THEY'VE BEEN REALLY PROACTIVE AT BEING IN THE FOREFRONT.

THEY HAVE HGH TESTING THIS YEAR.

>> Jon: UNFORTUNATELY IT'S STILL OUT THERE.

THIS WHOLE THING IN FLORIDA WITH THE STEROIDS AND A LOT OF GUYS GETTING CAUGHT UP.

>> AS I TRIED TO WRITE THE BOOK SOMETIMES BEING A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE ISN'T A HEALTHY LIFE.

YOU BLOW OUT KNEES, TEAR LIGAMENT.

YOU WEAVE IN THE AND OUT OF THOSE, NOT JUST STEROIDS, PAIN KILLERS, OBVIOUSLY BRETT FARVE

TALKED ABOUT THAT.

AGAIN, DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TOLL REALLY TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND NOT

FALL INTO THE EXSERKS YOU KNOW.

>> Jon: PEOPLE DON'T THINK ABOUT THE LONG TERM CONSEQUENCES.

BIG CONTRACT LITTLE --SES A CONTRADICTION.

THE BOOK IS CALLED "LONG SHOT." IT'S AN INTERESTING STORY.

I DON'T GET A VOTE IN THE HALL OF FAME BUT I SHOULD AND I VOTE YOU IN NO MATTER WHAT.

I DON'T CARE WHAT HAPPENS.

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