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.

“At 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.