Fans swung into Baseball Hall of Fame Mike Piazza on Tuesday for his video supporting Republican Larry Elder in the California recall election.
Govt. Gavin Newsom easily survived the vote, but Piazza won’t be living his much-maligned clip anytime soon, which Elder posted hours after the vote.
Piazza, a hard-hitting wide receiver who played for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets, called on voters to select the eldest on the right to restore the “California dream.” He has promised to return to Dodger Stadium to thank the fans who voted for him.
But critics, including many reporters, have lambasted the All-Star 12 times for his timing. They noted that Piazza did not go to Dodger Stadium like other alumni did for Monday’s game in honor of his former manager, the late Tommy Lasorda, with a bobblehead gift. Still, he would promise his first comeback since his playing days based on the outcome of an election.
Others have referred to Piazza’s accusation that beloved Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully exacerbated Piazza’s tense contract negotiations with the team in the ’90s. And some were simply ticked off on the fact that the former LA sports hero, an apparent deceiver who lives part-time in Italy, chose the camp he made.