d'Arnaud loved Piazza as youngster

December, 18, 2012
12/18/12
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Newly acquired Travis d'Arnaud grew up a Los Angeles Dodgers fan in California. So it's no wonder the highly regarding catching prospect revered Mike Piazza as well as Russell Martin as a youngster.

"I actually met Russell Martin one time last year," d'Arnaud said. "I played against him in spring training and told him I grew up watching him play and we had a little laugh about it."

As for Piazza, d'Arnaud said: "Growing up as a catcher, I used him as my role model and tried to play like him and catch like him and hit like him. I'm really honored to be a part of the New York Mets, where he played as well."

Read a full feature story on d'Arnaud here.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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