Mike Piazza is a whiny brat

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.

Enough said.


6 thoughts on “Mike Piazza is a whiny brat

  1. Let’s just say, for conversation sake, that Mike Piazza is 100 percent right. What purpose does it serve? Bringing up a 15-year-old contract squabble after besibol fans have seen 100 other guys go through worse means nothing. I followed Piazza’s career closely. This part of it didn’t register to me. He went to the Fish then to the Mets and played like a Hall of Famer. Vin Scully is 123-years-old and a treasure. Even if Vin undercut him, so what? I dislike most ballplayer books because they never tell me what I need to know. This is pointless.

  2. I had seen him do a couple of interviews in support of this book and was sort of surprised by how comfortable and engeging he seemed. When he was a player, most of his interviews seemed guarded and often nearly surly. I was almost set to consider reassessing him, at least a little.

    Happily, his innate douchy tendencies have reemerged and I can scotch that idea.

  3. There’s no advantage in picking a fight with a beloved baseball radio pxb guy. In the mid-’80s, when the Cubs brought in Harry Caray, Milo Hamilton refused to stay in the booth with him, and Caray would constantly ask the absent Hamilton questions. “I think Sandberg’s been seeing the outside breaking pitch better the last few games. Waddya think Milo? Milo? Milo? Huh, I thought you’d have an opinion on that.” Only dopes do that. And Hamilton and Piazza are both dopes. But picking a fight with Vin Scully? That’s like going on the Captain Kangaroo set and sucker-punching Mr. Green Jeans.

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