When the New York Post implied that Piazza was gay, he held that little
press conference where he declared his heterosexuality. OK, fine. But he missed
a huge opportunity to say, "But what if it was true? What if I was gay? So what?
What if one of my teammates is gay? What if one of YOU is gay? It's no big deal.
Listen, I'm straight, but this whole thing is really a nonissue." In a city with
a huge gay population, that was an opportunity to show some real community
leadership, and he totally spit the bit.
No, it's not Piazza's responsibility to be a spokesman or anything, but that would have been great to hear.