Baseball's Mike Piazza Guest Stars at Miami City Ballet

November 28, 2001

Miami City Ballet just signed a new dancer: former major league baseball catcher Mike Piazza. The  company has been loving sports stars recently. In February, they teamed up with the Miami Heat. Now, Piazza will take the stage with MCB on May 3 in Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. The baseball legend—who played with the Dodgers, the Marlins, the Mets, the Padres and the A’s—won’t be doing any grand jetés, though. He’ll be donning pinstripes for the part of the Gangster, who delivers a few lines Al Capone–style. In a press release, Piazza said he’s doing it for his 6-year-old daughter Nicoletta, a student at Miami City Ballet School: “For her to have the opportunity to see Daddy on stage is my little gift.”