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“We were so worried about how are we supposed to play this game,” he said.

Liza Minnelli sang “New York, New York” in the middle of the seventh inning and there were uniformed law enforcement and rescue personnel on the field, dancing and kicking Radio City Rockettes-style to the music.

“That for me was the uncorking for us,” Zeile said. “That lifted the fans’ spirits a little bit, gave pride to everybody in the stadium and sort of said it’s OK to play this baseball game and try to win.”

Not long after, Piazza homered off Steve Karsay, who grew up in Queens, and Shea Stadium rocked.

“Once Mike hit the home run, and when you look into the stands you see people jumping up and down, crying, laughing, hugging each other, and the USA chant going up,” Franco said. “It sent chills up and down my spine that I’ll never forget.”

Zeile said the moment “almost felt defiant.”

“It was this little piece of New York saying to the world symbolically we’re going to be OK,” Zeile said. “You can hit us but you can’t keep us down.”