It was the 2000 World Series and Mike Piazza was at the plate facing Roger Clemens. The two had some history together after a interleague game on July 8, 2000, when Clemens blasted Piazza in the head with a fastball. That altercation resulted in a mild concussion for Piazza.
Back to the World Series, Mike Piazza hit a broken bat foul ball off a Clemens pitch and the Rocket didn’t care much for the fact that a piece of the lumber came back toward him. So he did what any mild-mannered MLB pitcher would do. He picked up the shard and fired it back at Piazza as he went down the first base line.
What’s the point of all this. Well, after 14 years of obscurity, the bat has resurfaced and was sold at auction for $47.8K by former Yankees strength coach Jeff Mangold.
The story was first reported by Newsday.com.
“I’ve had it for 13 years, mainly in the office here at the house,” said Mangold, of Oakland, N.J. “It’s time for it to move on.”
Mangold said he decided to sell it now to help pay for his children’s college tuition. He also said he planned to make a contribution to the CJ Foundation for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), saying that he lost a daughter at just 2 1/2 months old in 1991.
Thanks Mr. Clemens. It seems that two wrongs can make a right.