But there is a real chance that when Mike is enshrined into baseball's Hall of Fame, it will be while wearing a Dodgers cap. Look, I know that hurts, and I don't like it any more than you, but you've got to see it logically. I realize that he went to a world series as a New Yorker; Yes, he spent one more season here than in LA; Yes, he hit the most spectacular home run EVER at Shea Stadium in '01 (y'know--against the Braves)...But he was a Rookie of the Year as a Dodger; He has just as many playoff seasons in Dodger blue; And oh ya, he has Tommy Lasorda to thank for jump-starting his pro baseball career. Lasorda and Mike's dad are old friends (please know that Lasorda has been cultivating "the legend of the 62nd round draft pick" with baseball for decades). Ouch, that's right.
They'll try to smooth it over with fans that July afternoon, by connecting the Dodgers franchise with NYC, and they'll mention that Queens is only 200 miles south of Cooperstown, and there will be far more Mets fans in attendance that day holding signs that might read "Where's Roger?" But when the big speech is made to introduce Piazza, it may just be Sandy Koufax handing him the microphone, not Tom Seaver.
I hope I'm wrong. I'm only trying to save you some heart-ache