Mike Piazza has had a fine last few weeks to cap a (mostly) terrific run as a New York Met. The loss of Preston Wilson and Arnold Gooch (ahem) aside, does anyone doubt that the Mets’ 1998 acquisition of Mike Piazza was the single biggest move in making the club a contender from ’98-2000? Or that whether he was holding a press conference to proclaim his heterosexuality, leaking the ‘Chinese Democracy’ demos on Eddie Trunk’s show, or subsequently getting Eddie Trunk fired, Mike Piazza has been an consistently entertaining public figure, if not the greatest hitting catcher of his age?

I’m just hoping the Rockies don’t choose to run on him all day today.