1. Post 9-11 homer (09/21/2001)

What would normally be considered just another homer ended up being one of the most iconic moments in MLB history.

The 2-run blast off of Steve Karsay was more than a home run. It was more than a lead. It was more than a game.

Simply put, Piazza’s post-9/11 home run not only gave the Mets a lead over their biggest nemesis (the Braves, again), but it rekindled the American spirit and continued the national pastime.

β€œAt that crack of the bat,” former Mets manager Bobby Valentine said, “spontaneously people stopped mourning, and started cheering.”

Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.