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Early boos got to Piazza, but eventually he won over the fans

May 22, 1998, the New York Mets trade Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnell, and Geoff Goetz to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Mike Piazza. The trade comes seven days after the Marlins and Dodgers agreed to a 7-player trade sending Piazza and Todd Zeile from LA to Miami and Gary Shefflied, Charles Johnson, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios from South Beach to Hollywood. Piazza, now playing in the biggest city in the league was meant to signify the transformation of the Mets from pretender to contender, but his start in Queens was slow.

His first game with the Mets was May 23, 1998 but his first home run didn't come until June 1st. It may not seem like a long home run drought, but coming off a 40 home run season in 1997 and having nine home runs in the first month-plus of the year, the fans were displeased and let him hear it. On Tuesday, while touring the Hall of Fame in advance of his induction in July, Piazza admitted that, while he didn't show it, the boos did get to him. So when the boos finally stopped and he became a fan favorite and a Mets legend, it was a sign to him that he had overcome a major challenge.

"The most unique relationship aspect of myself and the Mets fans is that they usually don't embrace people that don't come up through the organization, I mean to come from another team. Keith Hernandez is one that came from another team that the fans embraced and I would feel obviously in that category. So, they don't let people in their family quickly and you have to earn it. That allowed me to challenge myself and that made me a better player."

Piazza will be officially enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24. He will be joined on stage by Ken Griffey, Jr.