Letters to the Editor

Mike Piazza and Bishop ‘Iggy’

Dear Editor: Nice column (Jan.16) by Jim Mancari on Mike Piazza and the Hall of Fame. Mike had a wonderful relationship with our own late Bishop Ignatius Catanello, who officiated at his wedding and baptized his kids.

Many years ago, I went to an Easter Vigil Mass at Holy Family Church, Fresh Meadows, where the Bishop-pastor was the main celebrant. Mike Piazza was sitting in the front pew with an NYPD officer who was his bodyguard. They brought up the Offertory gifts. There was a buzz in the crowd.

After Mass, the kids were ripping pages out of the missalettes to get Mike’s autograph. Piazza stayed and signed for every kid without rushing out. And many kids then had their photos taken with him and Bishop Iggy. What a nice photo for parents to have hanging in their homes of their child with two Hall of Famers!

PHILIP McBRIDE

Flushing

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