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To many, Mike Piazza is a hero. But to Piazza, the real heroes were the first responders at the 9/11 terror attacks.

When he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Piazza took time to remember those heroes.

“Many of you give me praise for the two-run home run on the first game back on Sept. 21 to push us ahead to the rival Braves. But, the true praise belongs to the police, fire fighters and first responders who knew that they were going to die but went forward anyway,” he said as the crowd applauded and gave him a standing ovation.

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“Jesus said, ‘There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for his friends.’ I consider it an honor and privilege to have witnessed that love. Your families and those left behind are always in my prayers. I pray we never forget their sacrifice and work to always defeat such evil.”

Piazza was a member of the New York Mets at the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. In his career, Piazza hit 427 home runs, but his most memorable was on Sept. 21, 2001, when he hit a two-run home run at the bottom of the eighth inning, putting the Mets in the lead over the Atlanta Braves.

(h/t Sports Naut)

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