The most famous broken bat in major league history can now be yours.
A Dallas auction house is offering the hunk of sheared off Mike Piazza Mizuno Pro bat that Roger Clemens infamously flung at Piazza’s feet during an altercation in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series.
The incident has passed into baseball lore as one of the weirdest World Series moments ever.
Piazza sheared his bat in half fouling off a Clemens pitch, the fat part of the bat flying toward the pitcher’s mound and the handle remaining in Piazza’s hands. Apparently thinking Piazza meant to come after him with the broken chunk of bat handle – perhaps in retaliation for a beanball Clemens threw at Piazza months earlier – Clemens picked up the sheared-off fat end and whipped it at Piazza’s feet.
Clemens would later say he thought the bat hunk was the ball. Which still doesn’t explain why he threw it at Piazza, unless he thought kickball rules suddenly applied to baseball.
Given what we know now about Clemens, roid rage can’t be ruled out as a possible cause for the strange outburst. It’s also possible that Clemens was just hyped to confront Piazza after weeks of the media blowing their feud out of proportion and lost his cool.
After the game, the broken bat wound up in the possession of Jeff Mangold, former Yankees strength and conditioning coach. He’s had it ever since.
At this writing, the high bid on the historic hunk of splintered wood stood at roughly $4,400. Bidding could go as high as $10,000 before it’s over.
Mike Piazza should purchase it himself and burn it as part of some voodoo purging ritual.