• Piazza Dreamed Of Using Karate On Clemens

    Posted by on February 13th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Via the L.A. Times

    So Mike Piazza was planning to go all Ralph Macchio on Roger Clemens? And then when he had the opportunity, decided just maybe it wasn’t his best idea?

    Hey, that’s show business, or at least the autobiography business.

    Piazza’s memoir “Long Shot” hits the stores Tuesday, and although it deals with the suspected topics — did not do steroids, should be in the Hall of Fame, is not gay — in expected fashion, there is one surprising element.

    Piazza said he was so upset over Roger Clemens’ beaning him during a game while with the Mets in 2000, he took karate lessons to prepare for their next encounter.

    According to a transcript released by the New York Post, Piazza even had details of the confrontation all worked out in his mind.

    “I would approach with my fist pulled back. I figured he’d throw his glove out for protection. I’d parry the glove and then get after it,” Piazza wrote.

    Then as the baseball fates would have it, the Mets and Clemens’ Yankees met in the World Series that year. Oh, grasshopper, such possibilities.

    That led to one of the more bizarre situations in postseason history. In the fourth inning of Game 2, Clemens unleashed one of his trademark fastballs, a pitch so wicked it shattered Piazza’s bat.

    What was left of the barrel flew toward the mound. Clemens picked it up and threw it in Piazza’s direction as he ran down the first-base line, almost as if he thought the catcher had somehow intentionally sent it screaming back at him.

    Piazza yelled something, apparently not “I’m your Huckleberry,” and took a step toward Clemens. But just one step.

    Maybe he heard Mr. Miyagi whispering in his ear. Maybe he was tired from waxing the car. There would be no deft parry, no revengeful karate chop, no special crane move, no Elisabeth Shue waiting in the wings.

    “There were complications,” Piazza recalled. “The least of them was the realization that Clemens was a big guy, and I stood a pretty fair chance of getting my … kicked in front of Yankee Stadium and the world. That was a legitimate concern.”

    Actually, they’re both about 6 feet 3 and 210 pounds, and Piazza was six years younger.

    At some point, Jorge Posada and/or Charlie Reliford are going to comment on what happened on October 22, 2000…or, at the least, that would be nice…since they had the best seats in the house for the Clemens-Piazza thing, after all.

    Comments on Piazza Dreamed Of Using Karate On Clemens

    1. #15
      February 13th, 2013 | 3:28 pm

      Overthoughful ramblings of a wuss. Sounds like a guy who thinks of a great comeback… Two days after it would have had the desired effect. Sounds like so much high school nonsense. “I’ll kick you butt next time”. Charge the mound and take it. Just like Ventura. If you have the stones for it.

      I always thought Clemens went after the bat head like he thought it was the ball. The way he pounced at it couldn’t have been faked.

      Now, I also think Roger felt the best he could do against Piazza was try to intimidate him (because his “stuff” wasn’t exactly working). And… apparently he succeded.

    2. MJ Recanati
      February 13th, 2013 | 4:25 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Overthoughful ramblings of a wuss. Sounds like a guy who thinks of a great comeback… Two days after it would have had the desired effect.


    3. Evan3457
      February 13th, 2013 | 5:32 pm

      Sorta like the way I dream of using karate on…

      …well, nope, nope, nope.

      Not gonna go there.
      At least, not publicly.

    4. Raf
      February 13th, 2013 | 6:51 pm

      He didn’t have to use karate, charging Clemens would’ve been sufficient. I bet had he did, he would’ve been like Brosius squaring off against Benitez; IOW, wondering “what do I do” before the rest of the team jumps in 😀

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