“I am sure it will be a very moving evening as we continue to honor the legacy of those who perished on September 11, 2001,” Mike Piazza told The Post in a text message Tuesday. “While it is still very painful for me to reflect personally on the tragedy of the day’s events, we must never forget their sacrifice. The MLB, as well as the two New York teams, played a particularly important role in the recovery process, so it is very fitting that they were together that day. ”
The Mets were in Pittsburgh on September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center left 2,606 people dead. The season was stopped by commissioner Bud Selig and resumed the following week, with the Mets returning to Pittsburgh.
At the first professional sporting event in New York City after the attacks, the Mets faced the Braves on September 21 at Shea Stadium. Piazza’s homerun in the eighth inning against Steve Karsay on that emotional night punctuated a Mets victory.
Marcus Stroman threw two innings in a simulated game and returned a circuit to Brandon Nimmo. In the afternoon, Rick Porcello became the last of the Mets’ pitchers to face the batters for the first time at camp.
Manager Luis Rojas was asked about Stroman, whose physique caught the eye of the Mets.
“I haven’t noticed his shape well until today,” said Rojas. “Everyone noticed he was in good shape, but maybe even better than what I saw with my own eyes the first day. He looked really fit, like he had done a good job. ”
It has been noticed by Rojas that the right-hander hangs his leg during childbirth in order to disrupt the timing.
Jared Hughes has yet to show up for camp, Rojas said. The veteran reliever was signed by the Mets last week and added to the pool of 60 players.
JD Davis trained for third base for the first time after spending the first days of camp in the left field. Davis could also see time at DH.
“We have had some discussions now that the calendar is out, strategically how we are going to do that,” said Davis. “We did not find a real solution or strategy, but the conversations started and the representatives started today at the third base. “