Fans swung into Baseball Hall of Fame Mike Piazza on Tuesday for his video supporting Republican Larry Elder in the California recall election.
Governor 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 Trumper who lives part-time in Italy and does not reside in LA at all, chose the side he did.
Mike Piazza loves Larry Elder but has a problem with Vin Scully, for those of you who are scoring at home.
– Molly Knight (@molly_knight) September 14, 2021
I’m not sure why everyone is talking about Mike Piazza endorsing Larry Elder when he’s clearly a Tom Arnold cameo.
– Amanda Smith (@AmandaSmithSays) September 14, 2021
Mike Piazza and Larry Elder have a lot in common in that neither of them has ever won anything.
– Bill Hanstock (@sundownmotel) September 15, 2021
Piazza made a promise to Dodger fans, but with a 25th hour endorsement from someone who once said he lost, he showed he will always be a Met at heart. https://t.co/5wGSryPbuH
– NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) September 14, 2021
Um, I didn’t know I could hate Mike Piazza.
– Lakers, Dodgers then Biden! (@ rickathy227) September 14, 2021
Curious what made Larry Elder think Dodger fans want something to do with Mike Piazza.
Equally curious about what made Mike Piazza think that Dodger fans want something to do with Mike Piazza. https://t.co/LXD66x8Azi
– Isai (@Isairocha) September 15, 2021
Mike Piazza endorsing Larry Elder is the last straw in this unnecessary reminder.
– Diana (@ 90s_tomboy) September 15, 2021
Glad to see Mike Piazza Larry Elder endorsement, can’t wait to forget it again
– hot fall sparks from vax furiosa 🖤🥂⚾️🏀 (@kyliesparks) September 15, 2021
Mike Piazza (who lives in Italy and sometimes Florida) is lobbying for Larry Elder.
It’s almost like he doesn’t know what he’s talking about ???
– Marissa (@ marissarose_10) September 15, 2021