The New York Mets have an absolute gem on their hands with Pete Alonso and he can do much more than just mash home runs.

What can’t he do? Pete Alonso isn’t just tearing up the National League with his tape-measure home runs. He’s also using his charisma and charm to convince the umpires to let the New York Mets play through a little rain.

With the ninth inning about to begin, the floodgates opened and a rain delay appeared likely. Did Alonso’s powers of persuasion work or did the rain just stop? Either way, the umpires quickly decided to call off the grounds crew and get ready to resume play.

This moment had all the feel of a weekend Little League game where the kids are doing anything and everything to make sure the game gets played.

Perhaps the most underrated part of the entire ordeal is the fact that Alonso was holding his glove underneath his jersey the entire time. Unsurprisingly, Keith Hernandez got a kick out of that and even likened Alonso to Babe Ruth.

But while it was fun to watch Alonso almost singlehandedly pull the tarp off the field, the St. Louis Cardinals would not be denied. The Cards scored two runs in the ninth against Edwin Diaz.

And after St. Louis evened the game up at four runs apiece, Mother Nature had her say as well. The tarp came back out, this time for real.

Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, and Amed Rosario are due up in the bottom of the ninth.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.