Joe Torre says Roger Clemens cried in locker room after throwing bat at Mike Piazza

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Perhaps the most infamous Subway Series moment between the Yankees and Mets received a new little twist this week when former Yankees manager Joe Torre recalled the bat-throwing incident between Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza.

Torre, who appeared on a panel of former Yankees and Mets on SNY’s “Like We Never Left,” shared that Clemens had actually gone into the Yankees locker room in tears in between innings following the incident.

Torre said that pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, who was not coaching due to his battle with multiple myeloma, was in the manager’s office watching with George Steinbrenner when Clemens came in after the half inning to see him.

“Roger went into the office to see Mel and Mel told me that he was crying on what had just transpired,” Torre said. “Pitchers who have all that passion, it leaks out all over the place. But that’s what Mel told me. He was devastated with the result of what had happened and he was crying.”

Bernie Williams, who was on the panel when Torre told the story, said he did not even know that.

“That’s news to me. I didn’t know that,” he said.

The Clemens and Piazza matchup was already highly anticipated after the Yankees right-hander had beaned the Mets catcher earlier that season, resulting in a concussion for Piazza and forcing him to miss the All-Star Game.

Clemens has never spoken publicly about what transpired aside from telling reporters after the game he thought the bat was the ball (which doesn’t make sense why he threw it toward the dugout).

Piazza, meanwhile, actually joined WFAN’s Carton and Roberts on Monday (audio above) and said there is no longer any bad blood between them, although the two have never spoken about what happened.

“I saw him at a Michael Jordan golf tournament in the mid-2000s, and just said hi,” Piazza said. “I guess life has a way of mellowing you out, so I have no resentment or bitter feelings towards it.”

The Yankees and Mets are currently engaged in a two-game Subway Series at Citi Field this week in what could be a potential World Series preview — harkening many memories of that 2000 Fall Classic.

No moment could match the infamy of what happened between Clemens and Piazza but surely the games between these two teams this week and next month will be plenty intense as they both lead their respective divisions.

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