Norristown native Mike Piazza wins MVP in Philadelphia, 1996
Mike Piazza grew up in Norristown, a suburb of Philadelphia, as a rabid Phillies fan. In 1996, he had the honor of playing in the All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium, the place he learned to love the game. I’ll never forget it because Piazza, who is perhaps the greatest hitting catcher of all time, participated in the home run derby the night before and didn’t hit a single home run. It was an embarrassing moment, particularly for a guy playing in his hometown.
But Piazza more than made up for it, earning the MVP in the game itself by going 2-for-3 with a home run and RBI double. Not bad redemption.