Showing posts with label long shot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label long shot. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Autographs: Mike Piazza Book Signing at Vroman's Bookstore Pasadena

Before I tell my little story...

I collect autographs. I enjoy autograph books. I have a nice book collection. Of course I would be at Mike Piazza's book signing. I'm saying this right now because I know I'm going to get negative emails/comments. Don't bother. I just ignore it.

I mentioned earlier this month that Piazza was scheduled to sign his book titled 'Long Shot' at Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena. {linked here}

Piazza was scheduled to sign at 6pm. I arrived at 4:45pm. I got there too early since there was no traffic. I left and ate at King Taco that's down the street.

When I arrived at Vroman's, there was hundreds of fans in line already. I had already bought the books earlier this month and received a ticket with the letter 'D'. I guess it's 50 fans per letter. So around 200 fans were in front of me. 


We were stuck outside in the cold.


The rules....


Piazza was not personalizing so the line was moving fast. I was inside the store at 6:30. How is that possible? It's because Piazza signs quick and the Vroman's staff made sure your books were ready to get signed.

I'm telling Piazza that I cried when he was traded. He told me "Me too". The nice lady to my right didn't want to hear it. Piazza is looking at me and most likely thinking "What the hell is he going to say? God, hopefully it's not about Vin Scully". Ha!

Mike Piazza

The big dude behind me looks scary. I wonder if I can make him go away via Photoshop?

By 6:40, Piazza was done and left.

Big thanks to Vroman's, Piazza, Big Ron, Viv for taking the picture, my wife and son for going with me and thank god my son took a nap or else he would have thrown a fit.

And thanks to all those that said hello. 

Good night.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mike Piazza blames Vin Scully for turning fans against him

Mike Piazza -

Mike Piazza's book titled 'Long Shot' went on sale yesterday. Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times has a copy. {linked here}

Mike Piazza has not set foot in Dodger Stadium since his retirement. When the Dodgers offered to honor him with a bobblehead night last season, Piazza declined.

"He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo," former Dodgers Manager Tom Lasorda, the godfather to Piazza's brother, told The Times last month.

Piazza did himself no favors on that score in his new book, "Long Shot." In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.

Piazza, who was eligible for free agency after the 1998 season, said he hoped to stay with the Dodgers but set a deadline of Feb. 15 to reach a new contract. In the book, Piazza wrote that Scully asked him about the deadline in a spring interview.

"He wasn't happy about it," Piazza wrote. "And Scully's voice carried a great deal of authority in Los Angeles."

Piazza wanted $105 million over seven years. In the book, he said the Dodgers made a take-it-or-leave-it offer of $76 million over six years, said he would have signed at $79 million, and suggested the team leaked that it had offered $80 million.

At $80 million -- or even at $76 million -- Piazza would have been the highest-paid player in the game. Dodgers fans took notice that spring, as Piazza wrote.

"The way the whole contract drama looked to them -- many of whom were taking their cue from Scully -- was that, by setting a deadline and insisting on so much money, I was demonstrating a conspicuous lack of loyalty to the ball club," Piazza wrote. "I understood that."

Piazza ripped the Dodgers in a 1998 opening day interview with The Times. In the book, he said that interview did not play well with the L.A. fans, and neither did the fact that he failed to drive in a run as the Dodgers opened the season with a four-game losing streak.

"On top of that, Vin Scully was crushing me," Piazza wrote.

Scully flatly denied he maligned Piazza.

"That's not true at all," Scully told The Times in a telephone interview Wednesday.

Scully said he could not recall the interview in which Piazza said the contract deadline was discussed. However, Scully said, he never would criticize a player about contractual negotiations.

"As God is my judge, I don't get involved in these things," Scully said. "I can't imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations.

"I have no idea where he is coming from. I really have no idea. I can't imagine saying something about a player and his contract. I just don't do that, ever. I'm really flabbergasted by that reference."

Have you ever heard Vin Scully talk about contracts and what not? Poor Scully. He sounds hurt.

I remember when he was booed when he came back to Dodger Stadium as a New York Met. I didn't boo. In my opinion he deserved the money and thought Fox made a terrible mistake in trading him. I never understood why the fans booed him. Plus Scully didn't have anything to do what the fans were doing.

I think Piazza screwed up now with these comments. I would be surprised if the Dodgers and Piazza ever get together for any type of event now. If he doesn't want a bobblehead then so be it.

This is disappointing for me because I'm a huge Piazza fan. He was my favorite player growing up. And it's funny that I liked him so much as a kid even though the times that I met him, I always thought he was mean.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Upcoming Appearance: Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza
February 20, 2013
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, Ca 91101

This is a book signing only.  Mike Piazza will not be speaking.
-  Mike will only sign copies of his new title, Long Shot, no memorabilia.
-  Each customer can get up to 4 copies of Long Shot signed. $27 each book.
-  No posed photos.

Click here for more info on his book.

For other upcoming signings, scroll down and on the left side of this blog, you will see "Upcoming Appearances". Click the player for more details.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Mike Piazza's Book - The Trade, Steroids & Gay Rumors

My favorite player growing up.

Mike Piazza's official autobiography is out next month. It's written by Lonnie Wheeler.


Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a “courtesy pick.” The Dodgers never expected him to play for them—or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League rookie of the year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star twelve times.

Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story. With the Dodgers, Piazza established himself as baseball’s premier offensive catcher; but the team never seemed willing to recognize him as the franchise player he was. He joined the Mets and led them to the memorable 2000 World Series with their cross-town rivals, the Yankees. Mike tells the story behind his dramatic confrontation with Roger Clemens in that series. He addresses the steroid controversy that hovered around him and Major League Baseball during his time and provides valuable perspective on the subject. Mike also addresses the rumors of being gay and describes the thrill of his game-winning home run on September 21, 2001, the first baseball game played in New York after the 9/11 tragedy. Along the way, he tells terrific stories about teammates and rivals that baseball fans will devour.

Long Shot is written with insight, candor, humor, and charm. It’s surprising and inspiring, one of the great sports autobiographies.

384 pages.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

On sale February 12, 2013.