I don’t know if Piazza is a cheater (probably) or gay (who cares?) — allegations he denies in his new book. But I now know that he’s an dimwitted asshole, based on this:
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.” …
“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.
So many things wrong with this. First, Scully doesn’t rip players. It’s not his style. I lived in L.A. for nearly 7 years and am familiar with his approach.
Even if he had, Piazza is a moron for taking on Scully. Dodgers fans revere Vin the way Alabama fans look up to Bear Bryant.
I can recall only one other player criticizing Scully: Jeff Kent.
- Mike Piazza’s guide to increasing one’s popularity in Los Angeles: slam Vin Scully (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)