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Mike Piazza's post-9/11 home run was highlight of 2000s

Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza is greeted by fans during closing ceremonies honoring Shea Stadium. (Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek)

Part 2 of my 2000s in review series appears in the Sunday paper, featuring the 10 most memorable moments and 10 most memorable goats.

No. 1 on the former list: Mike Piazza's eighth-inning home run against the Braves on Sept. 21, 2001, in the first major pro sports event held in New York after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Maybe it will party get me off the naughty list of Piazza's fans, who have been displeased with me since I left him off my top 10 athletes list Friday.

I did not include my personal most memorable New York sports moment of the 2000s because too few people shared in the experience.

It was Wellington Mara's funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Oct. 28, 2005, a throwback experience that seemed like something out of the New York of the 1950s - highlighted by his son John's extraordinary eulogy.

Runners-up: The Giants' first game after 9/11, in Kansas City on Sept. 23, 2001, and the Giants-49ers playoff game of Jan. 5, 2003.

The latter turns up on our "goats" list, of course.

Trey Junkin was fortunate to finish at No. 3. I thought about making him No. 1, but Plaxico Burress beat him out.

I also wrote a non-media column about Eldrick Woods for the Sunday paper, in which I suggest that his indefinite leave again exposes the soft underbelly of golf's popularity.

Photo: Kathy Kmonicek

Tags: golf , 2000s , Mike Piazza

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