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Mike Piazza reconnects with Italy at the World Cup
Mike Piazza reconnects with Italy at the World Cup

I came across Mike Piazza, former baseball player and now, apparently, die-hard Italian soccer fan, in the Sao Paulo airport Saturday morning. Who knew? Piazza, the former Dodgers and Mets catcher who finished his 16-year major league career with a record 396 home runs as a catcher, played for the Italian team in the inaugural World Baseball Classic, and that turned into a long-term relationship with his ancestral homeland. "They just took me under their wing," he said while waiting for a flight from Sao Paulo to Manaus, where Italy was opening its World Cup on Saturday night against England. "I really wanted to help them out further." And he has, coaching the...

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