This article, written by Joe Lemire, appears on USA Today.
Mike Piazza ’embraced in NYC,’ chooses Mets for Hall of Fame cap
NEW YORK — On the night Mike Piazza signed the richest contract in baseball history, for seven years and $91 million with the Mets in Oct. 1998, he didn’t sleep a wink, wondering, “What did I just do?”
The catcher had committed most of his 30s to a franchise that hadn’t reached the postseason in a decade. By the end of the pact, however, the Mets had won a National League pennant while Piazza had burnished his Hall of Fame bonafides and had established a lifelong connection with New York City.
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