The broken bat, which features Piazza’s name, comes with a certificate of authenticity and was cosigned by Jeff Mangold, who worked as the New York Yankees’ strength and conditioning coach from 1998-2006. Mangold apparently took the bat home following the World Series game, and is now auctioning it off more than a decade later.
“I’ve had this for 13 years,” Mangold told ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “It was just sitting in my office and very few people knew about it. But I think this is an article of sports memorabilia that has some substance to it.”
Clemens, who drilled Piazza during the regular season that year, reignited their rivalry in Game 2 of the “Subway Series” between the New York Yankees and New York Mets. Piazza shattered his bat on a foul ball, and a big chunk of the lumber traveled out toward Clemens. Clemens fielded the broken bat, and subsequently threw it toward foul territory, narrowly missing Piazza, who was running up the first-base line. Clemens claimed that he fielded the bat thinking that it was the ball.
It certainly was a bizarre incident, though, and the auction house reportedly thinks that the winning price for the bat piece could top $10,000 by the time the bidding culminates with a live auction in New York on Feb. 22.