Pete Alonso is off of social media yet still finding himself on it through other means. This past week has been a big one for him. His declaration that the balls are being manipulated depending on the upcoming free agency class caught a lot of people off guard. The most recent piece of news about the New York Mets first baseman centers on a not-so-safe-for-work t-shirt he’s hawking.
The shirt, in black obviously, features the letters L-G-M with a cartoon image of Donnie Stevenson between the L and the G giving two middle fingers. Edgy and certainly something I might wear when I was 16, it has a few fans divided.
For the less faint of heart, you can see it posted here on Twitter.
This Mets shirt might not be for everyone
Look, I won’t get into the offensive shirts and hats I have worn in my life. It would be hypocritical of me to get offended by just about any type of garment. Search online long enough and surely you’ll find something that strikes your moral code hard.
This new piece of Mets gear Alonso is selling might not be classy. It’s not something you wear to a debutant ball. As Darren Meenan of the 7-Line pointed out, the bigger issue might be how little sense it makes. As he explained using much more coarse language than I feel the need to do right now, the double middle finger doesn’t represent the “F” in LFGM well at all. It’s more of a LFYGM if you catch my drift.
And nobodies who knows well English speak way like that.
Naturally, many fans found this to be in poor taste. I totally get it. I’d be too embarrassed to wear a shirt like this at my age. Donnie Stevenson is a little outdated anyway. Can we get a new gimmick going?
I find it interesting that this is the direction baseball is going. For my “old man yells at cloud” moment, I question whether active players have any business with these side hustles. I know there is only a limited amount of time in their careers where they can make money. Something about professional athletes selling merchandise just feels silly to me. Please stop me if I’m beginning to sound like Phil Mushnick.
That’s what baseball is in 2021. Guys have hobbies. They don’t work in the offseason at construction sites. They stream on Twitch and post on Instagram.
This is a new generation of ballplayers. I don’t like it but I accept it.
As for the shirt, it won’t be in my wardrobe. However, I will say, there’s a great chance of me wearing one to a funeral than there is of me buying the NFT of a Pete Alonso baseball card also available on the site.
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Call me old-fashioned—I prefer my baseball cards made of cardboard and my shirts a little less attention-grabbing.