Thursday, March 14, 2013

This Week in Mets History 1-9: Piazza vs Mota II and SNY

Frank Gray
MM Editor

With the Mets getting very close to playing games that count and David Wright tearing it up in the WBC, now is a good time to be a Mets fan. With that in mind, we can always take a look back at where we've come from. This week in Mets history, we remember a couple of great Mets players and a former GM.

March 12, 2003 - In response to being hit by a Guillermo Mota pitch for the second straight spring training season, Mike Piazza charges the mound in a bench-clearing brawl. Mota would escape the brawl untouched as he ran to the dugout.

Mota was obviously gun shy from the previous season where he hit Piazza leading to a shoving match between the two and Piazza waiting in for Mota to come off of the field before grabbing his jersey for the altercation. Both would eventually become teammates and subsequently bury the hatchet.

March 14, 1961 - After a successful run as GM of the New York Yankees, George Weiss comes out of a very brief retirement to oversee the brand new New York Mets team from their inception.

As the first president in team history, he hired Casey Stengel. His tenure lasted five years. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1982.

March 16, 2006 - The New York Mets organization officially introduce Sportnet NY by airing the show "Daily News Live". The network would come to be better known as SNY and the major source for televised Mets games and moments in the club's history.

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