The MLB has decided not to discipline the New York Mets for the custom cleats they wore on Wednesday commemorating Sept. 11.
On Wednesday, the New York Mets came together as a team to commemorate the victims of 9/11 and the families affected. The idea to buy and wear custom cleats for the game was initiated and carried out by rookie first baseman Pete Alonso. However, the Mets didn’t receive permission from the MLB to wear the custom cleats.
The MLB could’ve disciplined and fined the Mets for carrying out such an act, but has decided not to, per Andy Martino of SNY.
Source: MLB will not be fining or disciplining Pete Alonso and/or the Mets in any way for the custom cleats commemorating 9/11, which they wore without permission. As it should be.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) September 12, 2019
Martino hit the nail on the head with that final sentence: “As it should be.”
A rule is a rule. That’s understandable. But this idea from Alonso and the Mets to honor the victims on the 18th anniversary in the same city it occurred in is awesome. A great moment, and to go along with it, the Mets scored nine runs on 11 hits during the game. They defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-0 that night.
The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks again on Thursday afternoon by a score of 11-1. The victory completed the four-game sweep, as the Mets continue to climb the National League Wild Card standings.
Following Thursday’s games, the Mets are 2.0 games back in the race, with the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, and Washington Nationals ahead. With 16 games left to play, the Mets will need to play picture-perfect baseball from here on out. One small slump could eventually cost them a spot in the postseason.