Mike Piazza’s historic jersey on display at 9/11 Memorial & Museum (pic)
The New York Mets jersey Mike Piazza was wearing when he hit a game-winning home run in the first professional sporting event played in New York following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 is now on display at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
A photograph of Piazza’s historic jersey housed behind glass among other items in a “Baseball after 9/11” exhibit was posted to Twitter by Anthony Scaramucci.
.@mikepiazza31 jersey moved to @Sept11Memorial Museum. We will never forget. pic.twitter.com/2wP2x6lRAn
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) August 25, 2016
Scaramucci, a minority Mets owner, was at the game when Piazza delivered the cathartic home run at Shea Stadium on Sept. 21, 2001.
Mike Piazza hits the first home run after 9/11 pic.twitter.com/QWOCXEPRbI
— Sports Pics (@AmazingSprtsPic) August 5, 2016
Scaramucci, along with two other investors, purchased the Piazza jersey for $365,000 last April. The Mets originally sold the jersey to a private collector, who in turn put it up for sale through Goldin Auctions. Scaramucci has stated he and his fellow investors purchased the jersey to make sure it would be available for the public to see.
Piazza, recently inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, took a moment to reflect on how he provided some semblance of healing.
Piazza on his 9/11 HR: "The fact that people remember that is very touching. I like hearing them paint the picture of what it meant."
— Baseball Hall ⚾ (@baseballhall) July 23, 2016
Piazza has also said in the time since the powerful moment that he wishes people wouldn’t view him as a hero because of the home run.
“I’ve got to be honest with you, I truly feel uncomfortable when people say, ‘You’re a hero — that home run.’ I have disavow myself of it. I don’t feel like a hero,” he said. “I really don’t.”
The jersey will remain in the display for some indeterminate amount of time before it continues its planned rotation between the Baseball Hall of Fame, Citi Field and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.