Hall of Famer Mike Piazza Gives Catholics Another Reason to Love Him
Catholics have another reason to love Mike Piazza. The 12-time All-Star and former National League Rookie of the Year, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past Sunday, and during his speech he spoke candidly about his Catholic faith.
At one point he said:
“[Thank you to my mom] for the greatest gift a mother could give a child, the gift of my Catholic Faith. This has had a profound impact on my career and has given me patience, compassion and hope. Pope Benedict XVI said, ‘One who has hope lives differently.”
This isn’t the first time that Piazza has spoken about his Catholic faith. Here are some other memorable quotes from an interview he did with Belief Net:
- On going to Mass: “I’ve made a fundamental decision. I’m going to be dedicated. I’m going to make the time. I’m going to get up, if that means getting up at 7:00 on a Sunday morning before a day game and do it, I’m going to do it.”
- “I grew up Roman Catholic. And my mom was very instrumental in guiding me and forming a spiritual foundation for myself. And so it’s just something I’ve always enjoyed practicing. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed being a part of, and something I’m proud of. I’m very proud of my faith.”
- “I love the rosary, and I say the Hail Mary a lot. The devotion, especially my devotion to the Holy Mother, is something that’s helped me a lot. And I love praying the rosary, so I say my Hail Marys all the time.”
- “One of my favorite passages [of Scripture] is the story about the people going to the wedding, and they sat in a high place of honor. And they were told to go down to a lower place. And then the people that sat in a lower place, then they were told to go to a higher place. And it says he who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted. I’ve always tried to live life that way. It’s just, try to be as humble as possible. And to be humble means to live in the truth, as well. I believe St. Augustine said that. So humility is–especially in this day and age in the media–a very forgotten quality. It’s almost non-existent. The media doesn’t want humble people now. They want dysfunctional, loud, boisterous very obnoxious people. And you’re seeing a lot of that.”
Mike Piazza’s Catholic faith has been instrumental in his life, and he didn’t shy away from speaking about it at his Hall of Fame induction. It was refreshing to hear, and it gives Catholics another reason to love him.
Photo Credit: Mike Piazza, Hall of Famer by Arturo Pardavila III.