"She's a cheerleader," Piazza says. "For the Oakland Raiders."
"A Raiderette," Lankford says, smiling shyly. He's chit-chatting with one of the premier players in the game and a Raiderette. He's 27 and he's in the bigs for the first time in his life and his ERA is down to 5.95 and he's loving life.
Poor Lankford. He has no idea what the day has in store for him either.
THURSDAY, 3:50 P.M.
A film crew, a dozen or so people, has been waiting for Piazza at Dodger Stadium, behind home plate. It is there to film a short promotional spot for the Classic Sports Network. Piazza arrives and says, "I got 30, 40 minutes. That enough time?" The director is all business, a pro. He knows what he wants. While a woman dabs makeup on Piazza, the director hands a script to the catcher and says, "You just repeat after me." The film rolls.
Director: I'm old school.
Piazza: I'm old school.
Director: Old school like Sandy Koufax.
Piazza: Old school like Sandy Koufax.
Director: Old school like Jackie Robinson.