New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso officially donates custom cleats to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan.
To commemorate the first responders and victims of the 9/11 attacks, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso ordered custom cleats for the entire ballclub. The slugging rookie got everyone’s cleat size and thus went to work.
MLB could’ve fined the Mets for wearing the custom cleats without their permission. Luckily, they didn’t, which was most definitely the correct decision.
Now, Alonso is honoring the lives lost and the families of the tragic event even more. The first baseman has donated the custom cleats to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum located in Manhattan.
Pete Alonso just officially donated his custom Sept. 11 spikes to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan. He called the experience "humbling." pic.twitter.com/WByTRGnlwn
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) October 1, 2019
Alonso handed over the size-13, game-worn cleats, warning that they “might smell a little bit.”
All-in-all, the 2019 league-leader in home runs called the experience “humbling,” per Anthony DiComo of mlb.com. This comes after it was also reported last week by DiComo that Alonso would be going through with the donation of the cleats.
Another "this is cool" thing: Pete Alonso will donate these Sept. 11 cleats to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum next week in lower Manhattan. pic.twitter.com/y6xi4lnfy7
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 26, 2019
The Mets emerged victorious in this year’s game on 9/11. Coincidentally, they had nine runs and 11 hits, defeating the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks 9-0. Alonso was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the win. It was the third victory of the Mets’ four-game sweep of the Diamondbacks in that very series.
Alonso donates the cleats on just the second day removed from the Mets’ 2019 season-ending matchup. Their final game was on Sunday, in which they defeated the Atlanta Braves by a score of 7-6 in 11 innings on a walk-off home run by Dominic Smith.
New York finished with an 86-76 record, however, missed the postseason for the third consecutive season.