Not too dissimilar from what Todd Zeile did in 2001, Pete Alonso took it upon himself to be a leader and get cleats to honor the first responders. He did it because he knew the hats would not be permitted, and based on past MLB behavior, they would be confiscated.
Just like Zeile, Alonso deserves all the credit in the world. The same can be said for the teammates who risked punishment from Major League Baseball for defying (directly or indirectly) them. Those players should be lauded as well. Do you remember their names?
Luis Avilan Brad Brach Tyler Bashlor Robinson Cano Michael Conforto J.D. Davis Rajai Davis Jacob deGrom Edwin Diaz Jeurys Familia Todd Frazier Drew Gagnon Luis Guillorme Sam Haggerty Juan Lagares Walker Lockett Jed Lowrie Seth Lugo Steven Matz Chris Mazza Jeff McNeil Brandon Nimmo Tomas Nido Joe Panik Wilson Ramos Rene Rivera Paul Sewald Amed Rosario Marcus Stroman Noah Syndergaard Zack Wheeler Daniel Zamora Justin Wilson
Right now, Pete Alonso seems well poised to be the National League Rookie of the Year winner. What happens over the final few weeks will determine if Jacob deGrom will be the Cy Young Award winner. If that happens, this will be the seventh time in Major League history one team will have the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young award winners. Can you name the previous times it has happened? Good luck!
This year, we have seen the Mets step up both on and off the field. Todd Frazier donated $50,000 to help build a special needs baseball field in his hometown of Toms River, New Jersey. Through his foundation Conforto Cares, Michael Conforto visits pediatric cancer patients in the hospital, and he hosts the kids at Citi Field. Steven Matz‘s Tru32 has events and fundraisers for first responders.
Overall, this is a very good group of people on the Mets, and each of one them and many more are worthy candidates for the Roberto Clemente Award. If any of these players are nominated and win, they will become the fifth Mets player to win the award. Can you name the four who have won the award? Good luck!
With the way Pete Alonso has been hitting, he has not only been a clear favorite for the National League Rookie of the Year, he has also started to become part of the MVP discussion. That alone makes it one of the best single season stories in Mets history. However, that may not make it one of the best Mets seasons of all time.
On that front, believe it or not, he has some work to do. Can you name the top 10 regular seasons in Mets history? Good luck!
Pete Alonso hit is 39th homer yesterday tying him with Cody Bellinger for the National League rookie record. He’s well on pace to break the Mets single season home run record as well. While he is not on pace to hit 40, Michael Conforto is going to easily surpass 30 homers this season making them the eighth pair of Mets teammates to accomplish the feat. Can you name the other seven times this happened? Good luck!
With the way the Mets are playing, they are postseason contenders, and as a result, their best players will suddenly get more of a look in the MVP race. Right now, that race seems to be a 1-2 race between Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, but with the seasons they are having, by no means should we discount the chances Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, or even Michael Conforto have. Even if they don’t upset the apple card, they are looking more and more like top 10 MVP candidates.
There have been 32 times in Mets history where a Mets player finished in the top 10 in MVP voting. Can you name the players who have finished in the top 10? Good luck!
Tom Seaver Tommie Agee Cleon Jones Keith Hernandez Gary Carter Darryl Strawberry Dwight Gooden Howard Johnson David Cone Kevin McReynolds Robin Ventura Mike Piazza Edgardo Alfonzo Carlos Beltran David Wright Carlos Delgado Jacob deGrom Yoenis Cespedes
As pointed out yesterday, Jacob deGrom is making a charge to win consecutive Cy Young Awards. If he does that, he will join Tom Seaver as the only Mets pitcher to win multiple Cy Youngs. He will also become the 11th pitcher in Major League history to win consecutive Cy Youngs. Can you name the 10 who have accomplished the feat? Good luck!
Quite possibly despite themselves, the Mets find themselves in a Wild Card race. Where they were once in a position to trade Zack Wheeler, they have to reassess not just after his landing on the Injured List, but also with the position they currently find themselves. Ultimately, it will be interesting to see which direction they will go.
What is also interesting is the group the Mets have acquired prior to the trade deadline in the years they made the postseason. Can you name those players? Good luck!
Donn Clendenon Ed Nunez Kenny Rogers Darryl Hamilton Chuck McElroy Billy Taylor Shawn Dunston Bubba Trammell Rick White Mike Bordick Roberto Hernandez Oliver Perez Kelly Johnson Juan Uribe Jay Bruce Jon Niese Tyler Clippard Yoenis Cespedes
On Monday, Pete Alonso joined Darryl Strawberry as the only Mets to win the Home Run Derby. When Strawberry won in 1986, he would not lead the league in homers. He would finish that season tied for fifth in homers 10 behind Mike Schmidt.
This year, Alonso is tied with Cody Bellinger for second in homers in the league. Both players are just one behind Christian Yelich. If Alonso could overcome Yelich, Bellinger, and sluggers just behind him, he would become the eighth player to win the Home Run Derby in the same year he led the league in homers. Can you name the seven who have done it? Good luck!