Pete Alonso behind yet another Mets ritual following wins
Rookie phenom Pete Alonso has played a huge role in the New York Mets’ sudden resurgence this season, and he continues to be the inspiration behind team-bonding rituals that have only helped improve the clubhouse vibe.
Following the Mets’ 4-3 comeback victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, Alonso, with the aid of Amed Rosario, ripped off J.D. Davis’ jersey after the third baseman’s walk-off-winning hit.
It's jersey ripping time. #MetsWin pic.twitter.com/DHcPfS9jcA— New York Mets (@Mets) August 22, 2019
Davis also was baptized with a Gatorade bath in celebration of his heroics.
What an at-bat. What a moment. What a W. #MetsWin pic.twitter.com/ZrAxShf5RB— New York Mets (@Mets) August 22, 2019
Even Mr. Met took to Twitter to make note of the jersey-ripping celebration.
Another walk-off, another jersey rip… pic.twitter.com/3WypR8iwt2— Mr. Met (@MrMet) August 22, 2019
It turns out, as has been the case with other rituals that have sprung to life as the Mets returned to relevancy this season, Alonso was behind it all.
“You hit a walk-off, your shirt’s coming off,” Alonso said after the thrilling win, per the New York Post.
“Let the kids play, right,” manager Mickey Callaway told reporters afterward in reference to an MLB advertising campaign.
The jersey-ripping ritual was first brought to life when Alonso broke it out at the expense of Michael Conforto’s uni following a big win earlier this month.
“I was happy. I didn’t know what to do, so I ripped [Conforto’s] jersey off,” Alonso said at the time.
After essentially being left for dead after stumbling out of the gate, the Mets are a surprising 66-60 and only 1.5 games back in the increasingly heated NL Wild Card chase. Much of the credit should go to Alonso, who keeps figuring out novel ways to pump up the team.