Pete Alonso doubles down on ‘hurtful’ tweet reply, push to play

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Pete Alonso performed higher protection than the remainder of the Mets on Friday evening.

His protection simply occurred to initially come on Twitter.

The primary baseman fought again in opposition to the concept his lobbying to maintain Thursday’s recreation going via the rain led to the Mets’ 5-Four loss, which was accomplished Friday. Edwin Diaz ended up blowing the Mets’ two-run lead within the prime of the ninth Thursday earlier than the sport was suspended, then let up the go-ahead run within the 10th on Friday.

“We had Sugar [Edwin Diaz] coming in, he’s the most effective closers on the earth,” Alonso mentioned Friday after the Mets misplaced a second recreation to the Cardinals, 9-5. “I obtained nothing else to say. I obtained the utmost confidence in my guys and the blokes in right here. I wouldn’t be wherever else. I’d be in a trench with any single one in every of these guys in right here. We do the most effective that we will each single day.

“It’s hurtful to see these kind of damaging issues about our good intentions to play. I wasn’t the one one, as a result of we’re up, we obtained our horse popping out of the pen able to go and sadly we didn’t get that one. I obtained the utmost confidence in our guys. I’m keen to defend not simply myself, however anybody in right here, anybody within the workplace or anybody on the teaching workers.”

The Mets entered the ninth inning Thursday evening main 4-2 with Diaz approaching for the save. However there have been heavy rains and the grounds crew started to roll out the tarp earlier than the inning began. However the Mets, with Alonso main the cost, pleaded for the sport to proceed.

Crew chief Jeff Kellogg ultimately known as for the tarp to vanish earlier than it was totally unfurled. So as a substitute of a delay, the grounds crew poured extra grime on the infield in hopes of drying it. After 9 minutes, the sport resumed. Diaz gave up a pair of runs earlier than the highest of the ninth was over, after which the tarp lastly got here on for good with the sport getting suspended until Friday.

Shortly after they misplaced the primary recreation Friday, Alonso responded to a tweet from Kevin Clancy of Barstool Sports activities, who had mentioned he was mad at Alonso for making an attempt to maintain Thursday’s recreation going.

“Are you kidding me?” Alonso wrote. “Why are you mad at me for having confidence in my teammates? I’m a rattling competitor and I’ll take my workforce over anyone else any day. An actual Mets fan doesn’t speak like that. Clear it up. #YaGottaBelieve.”

The rookie echoed these feedback later within the clubhouse.

“All of us form of had a superb feeling going into it,” Alonso mentioned. “It’s unlucky that we got here out on the brief finish right now, however I used to be feeling actually good and I really feel like the opposite guys had been feeling actually good about it too. Oh effectively.”