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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Meeting Mike Piazza and My Collection Of My Childhood Hero.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mike Piazza at a book signing last night in Pasadena. Piazza was appearing and putting pen to paper on copies of his just-released autobiography, Long Shot. I purchased one copy and headed out to meet my childhood hero.


I met up with Arno from I'm Ballsy and also met Martin from True To The Blue for the first time. Only copies of the book were in play for Piazza's John Hancock and no pictures were allowed in order to keep the line moving. Well, they said no pictures but Mike was posing for quick photos. An employee took my camera and snapped a photo which was blurry as could be.

Oh well, I'll meet Piazza again some day in the future and get a nice photo with him. Though I would have loved to get a good photo and shake the man's hand, I was just happy he was on the West Coast and signing to begin with. I thanked him for signing and told him I appreciated his time, and Mike said "take it easy man." Or something along those lines.


While the event marked the first time I've met the former Dodger backstop and one of the greatest players to ever wear Dodger Blue, it is not the first Piazza auto in my collection. I've never posted what I have before so I figured what better time than the present and post-book signing.


Above is a sweeeeet bat signed by the 62nd-round pick in the 1988 MLB Draft. My pops picked it up for me when I was a young lad and it's been one of my prized possessions ever since. It does come with a COA which is cool.


My youth was also blessed by the presence of this fantastic sweet-spotted Piazza ball which was also acquired by my father. I may have the COA lying around somewhere, or it might not have even come with one, it's been so long. I choose to believe all Piazza memorabilia I have that was acquired by others to be legit.


Mike's John Hancock finds a home in my PC of the future Hall of Famer in the form of an 8x10 mounted on a pretty rad plaque. Regardless of what people say about Piazza or what he believes Vin Scully to have done, he'll always be my childhood hero as well as the favorite player of my youth and one of my all-time faves.


Finally, another bat, this one a team bat from the '97 squad that was yet another gift from my dad. I need to take pictures of the whole darn thing and get it posted.


A big thanks to Mike Piazza for signing a copy of his book for me - I need to find a second copy so I can actually read it - as well as to Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena for putting on the event and Vin Scully Is My Homeboy for the heads-up on said event.



15 comments:

Arno said...

YEAH! Nice memorabilia there.

Matthew said...

Great autos. Wish I could have gone or had someone get the book autographed for me. Guess I have to be content with my unsigned copy.

Roy-Z said...

Great collection, amigo.

Mike Piazza was great. Can't wait to go see his induction next summer.

The Lost Collector said...

Very cool. Congrats!

Drew said...

Awesome stuff man!

tourist504 said...

Awesome. Super jelly.

Greg Zakwin said...

Thanks guys!

Matthew- I'm hoping Piazza does some kind of signing out here in the next year or two.

Greg Zakwin said...

Roy- I'd kill to be there live when it finally happens.

TruetotheBlue said...

Greg, it was nice meeting you on Wednesday night. Always cool to meet a fellow blogger. You've got a nice Piazza collection!

Martin

Fuji said...

Awesome Piazza collection! Thanks for sharing.

Greg Zakwin said...

Martin- Thanks, pleasure meeting you as well!

Fuji- Gracias, and thank you for reading the post!

Dodgerbobble said...

That's one fine Piazza auto collection. Congrats!

Greg Zakwin said...

Thanks DB!

Crackin Wax said...

I haven't read the book but apparently The Pizza Man had some not-so-nice things to say about Joe Mauer. Piazza, on the other hand, kinda likes The Holy Mauer.

Greg Zakwin said...

Haven't read it yet haha. Waiting on a copy that's not signed so I can't ruin it.

Interested to see what he has to say on everything.