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That photo to the contrary, we now have definitive evidence that Mike Piazza is not, in fact, gay: He loves Rush Limbaugh. Upon spotting Limbaugh at Turner Field yesterday, Piazza — whose brother is head of the Montgomery County, Pa. Republican Party — stepped away from pregame warmups to shake Limbaugh's hand. From the Newark Star-Ledger report:

"It was like meeting American royalty," gushed Piazza, who compared meeting Limbaugh to meeting George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, General Douglas MacArthur and the Pope. "I think I pulled a fine in kangaroo court, but it was worth it," he said.

All right, Mike, jeez, we believe you already: You're not gay. Got it. Now knock it off, OK?

Mets Notebook [Newark Star-Ledger]