back in the day, jimmy kimmel was a radio guy on a local la station doing sports updates and bits with adam carolla. when there was a mike piazza item, kimmel would refer to him as 'italian american superstar slugger mike piazza'. at the same time, jim rome was hitting it big in san diego, and he dubbed piazza 'the strongest man in socal'. to me, he was just the man. the man who was going to bring the trophy back to la.
he wasn't my favorite player - that would have been too obvious and trendy. i was still loyal to orel hershiser when piazza came on the scene, and then i took a liking to raul mondesi once the bulldog left town. but piazza was always right behind those guys. even for the first year or two after he was traded by the fox suits.