It’s been one week because the fabled House Run Horse first appeared within the Mets dugout, fitted with a backwards cap and an orange and blue warm-up jacket.
In keeping with Pete Alonso, the horse is a byproduct of the Mets’ clubhouse camaraderie.
“I feel it’s simply the staff having enjoyable,” Alonso mentioned on Friday earlier than the Mets’ 6-2 loss to the Reds at Citi Subject. “I feel having enjoyable is a large a part of profitable. Everybody’s gotta have one thing, I suppose.”
Alonso wouldn’t decide to the potential longevity of the House Run Horse, although the horse’s arrival has coincided with an influence outburst on Alonso’s finish. In 9 video games because the horse’s debut, Alonso has belted 4 house runs, persevering with his post-House Run Derby tear.
Hitting coach Hugh Quattlebaum first got here up with the thought of a House Run Horse. He stunned his gamers by perching it on the finish of the dugout earlier than final Friday’s sport.
“It simply confirmed up at some point,” Alonso mentioned with fun. “(Hugh) thought it might be superior. It was humorous. Once I confirmed up, I used to be like, ‘alright.’ ”
That form of lighthearted conduct displays the Mets lauded clubhouse chemistry, which has partly enabled them to resist a barrage of accidents and stay atop the Nationwide League East since early Might.
On Friday, Alonso prolonged the fun-loving angle into the native Queens neighborhood, making an look at a Flushing park to shock members of the Encarnacion Little League. He spent the early afternoon hitting floor balls, training infield drills and taking photographs with the youngsters, and later donated baseball tools to the league.
“I simply need to have the ability to unfold the love and appreciation I’ve for town of New York,” Alonso mentioned. “I like enjoying for the New York Mets and I’ve been handled so effectively, welcomed and embraced not simply by Mets followers, however the complete metropolis of New York. I simply wish to give again, to have the ability to affect future members of the neighborhood with youngsters, and to do it with the vessel of baseball, it’s actually particular.
“I bear in mind being of their footwear. Any time I noticed a giant leaguer discuss or he got here by to spend time with us, it was actually particular. I simply need to have the ability to do the identical factor.”