3. Oct. 22, 2000: Clemens VS Piazza, Episode II: The Bat
Told you we’d see these guys again.
As hard as it is to believe, Piazza was having a harmless at-bat against Clemens in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series but it would all change with one pitch, one swing, and one broken bat.
The Mets’ catcher took a half swing at an inside fastball which caused his lumber to split. The split end made its way up the hill and into the hands of the Yankees’ ace.
Then came a random and unnecessary maneuver. Clemens took it upon himself to not only remove the broken shard of the bat from the field of play, but chuck it like a madman wanting to cause bodily harm.
He could scream “I thought it was the ball” all he wanted, but the throw could best be described as intentional and dangerous as it gets.