Risking Fine, Alonso Buys Custom 9/11 Cleats For Teammates

Marla Diamond
September 12, 2019 - 9:43 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Pete Alonso was a first grader in Tampa when terrorists brought down the Twin Towers.

It was an unforgettable moment that took on a whole new meaning when he came to New York.

After Major League Baseball shot down the Mets slugger's idea for baseball caps honoring first responders, he had custom cleats made for all of his teammates to wear during Wednesday night's home game on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"I just want to show recognition to all the people who are just heros, just ordinary people that just felt a sense of urgency and an admirable call of duty," Alonso said. "This is for all those people who lost their lives and all those people that did so much."

In the days leading up to the 9/11 anniversary, the rookie first baseman walked around the clubhouse collecting shoe sizes from his teammates.

Before the game, each player received a pair of red, white and blue cleats with the words "We will never forget" and lettering for first responder units.

"I'm really happy that everyone wore the shoes because we could've gotten fined for it but everyone was willing to back up the cause," Alonso said. "I'm just really happy that everyone was behind me and stuck with this and you don't have to be a baseball fan, I hope that just the general population appreciates this."

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the MLB has decided not to fine or discpline Alonso or the Mets for the cleats.

Alonso said since coming to the Big Apple, he's been touched by the stories of loss and heroism.

"I want to show support not just to the victims, but the families as well because no one really knows how deep those emotional scars can be," said the player, who after winning the All-Star Home Run Derby in July 5 percent of his $1 million prize to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

And it must have been the shoes that propelled the Mets to a shut out win against the Diamondbacks, scoring 9 runs on 11 hits.

Before the game, both teams wore first responder hats during batting practice, stood alongside firefighters, police and EMTs ahead of the national anthem, and the Mets' starters lined up on the bases with children who lost parents or grandparents to 9/11-related illnesses.