Pete Alonso visits 9/11 museum, donates custom tribute cleats
New York Mets phenom and NL Rookie of the Year front-runner Pete Alonso paid a visit Tuesday to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York to donate a pair of custom 9/11 cleats he wore on Sept. 11 in memory of the victims of the 2001 terrorist attack.
Along with the cleats, Alonso also donated the bat he used during the game to the museum.
.@Pete_Alonso20 took a tour of the @Sept11Memorial today and donated his 9/11 tribute cleats and a bat to the museum. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/xetn92582C— New York Mets (@Mets) October 1, 2019
Alonso arranged and ordered the custom cleats for all his Mets teammates to wear in commemoration of the 18th anniversary of 9/11.
Pete Alonso ordered the cleats that his Mets teammates are wearing to commemorate 9/11.#NeverForget pic.twitter.com/5FpbmbsiGl— SNY (@SNYtv) September 12, 2019
While Major League Baseball had authorized teams to honor the memory of the victims and those still impacted by the events of 9/11 by way of ribbons on players’ caps, among other things, Alonso had not received clearance for the cleats.
The league ultimately decided against fining and/or disciplining Alonso and the Mets for the cleats despite not being given prior authorization. By doing so, MLB arguably avoided a potential PR disaster.
After presenting the memorabilia from the Sept. 11 game to president Alice M. Greenwald, Alonso said “it means the world” that the museum wanted his cleats and bat as part of its collection.
Alonso, who became an inspirational presence in the Mets clubhouse in his first season — not to mention a leader on it with a rookie-record 53 home runs — added he hopes custom 9/11 cleats become an annual tradition for the Mets.