Anthony Scaramucci, Tony Lauto, Jim McCann of 1-800-Flowers and an anonymous female business partner agreed to pay $365,000 for the jersey worn by Mike Piazza on the night of September 21st, 2001. It is one of, if not the greatest home run ever to be hit in the city of New York, and one of the greatest moment in sports history.
When asked about why he wanted to take the jersey off the market and keep it in New York, Scaramucci had the following to say:
The jersey represent getting knocked down, stepping into the batter’s box and hitting home runs again, which all of us have to do no matter what unspeakable acts happen in our lives. It’s a great representation of what the Mets are about.
To learn the jersey was staying home was a relief. I remember telling my wife that if I was a lucky enough to be financially wealthy, I would go and buy the jersey and donate it to the Hall of Fame because I feared the jersey being kept in a personal collection away from Mets fans.
I will be attending Mike Piazza’a Hall of Fame induction in July, as well as his jersey number retirement ceremony at Citi Field later the same month. I can’t wait to be able to see the jersey up close and hopefully thank Mike personally for what he did for the City of New York.