Step apart, Donnie Stevenson. The House Run Horse could have you ever beat.
With the stuffed pony within the Mets’ dugout, Pete Alonso homered twice, a much better efficiency in comparison with when Stevenson, the fictional hitting coach, got here to Citi Discipline lately.
“The House Run Horse is lastly right here within the second half,” Alonso joked after his two dwelling runs helped the Mets clean the Blue Jays, 3-0, at Citi Discipline on Friday evening.
Alonso mentioned the thought for the horse, which was sporting a hat and Mets warm-up jacket over its torso, got here from present hitting coach Hugh Quattlebaum. It was within the dugout for the primary time on Friday.
Early within the yr, after the Mets broke out of a droop, gamers started to casually seek advice from a brand new hitting method coach named “Donnie Stevenson.” Initially, it was reported to be Alonso dressing up because the fictional character to loosen up his teammates. Gamers then started to put on “Donnie Stevenson” T-shirts that present a person with bulging muscle tissues sporting a headscarf and sun shades. Extra lately, the character, believed to be performed by actor Brett Azar, confirmed up at just a few Mets video games and Alonso posed for photographs with him. However because the final recreation earlier than the All-Star break, Stevenson has gone into hiding. The House Run Horse could have taken his place.
“The horse was within the dugout and I hit two homers,” Alonso mentioned, when requested if it was good luck. “We’ll see, however I believe it’s working to date.”
After Alonso’s second homer, an imposing 450-foot shot to the second deck in left-center subject within the eighth inning, he carried the horse by the dugout whereas galloping up and down as he was congratulated by teammates. He then put it down and petted its mane just a few occasions.
“I don’t know who got here up with that. I freaked out one time once I regarded on the finish of the dugout in the midst of the sport. I used to be fully unaware that was taking place,” supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned. “However these guys have enjoyable. They do various things. I shouldn’t be shocked, however I form of was once I noticed it.”
For now, the Mets are calling it the House Run Horse. However Alonso is open to some inventive alternate options.
“Followers, do you factor,” he mentioned. “Let’s hear some recommendations.”