The only way to resolve the Pete Alonso, Masyn Winn first hit faux pas

How to resolve the already resolved non-existent problem Pete Alonso created.
Aug 17, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes off his
Aug 17, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes off his / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was the most popular player in baseball last night until Shohei Ohtani grand slam later on in the night. The Los Angeles Angels would go on to lose the game 9-6. Tungsten Arm O’Doyle’s great grandchildren were not in attendance.

Alonso launched a missile into the Busch Stadium stands after St. Louis Cardinals rookie Masyn Winn picked up his first big league hit. This wasn’t a light underhand toss into the first row. Alonso was trying to cross over into Kansas with this throw. All was resolved and Alonso apologized after the game for what he called a momentary brain fart.

All seems to be resolved, or is it? First base coach Stubby Clapp was right there when it happened. It was only last season when Alonso and Clapp dropped the gloves in a brawl. Somehow the guy nicknamed Stubby took down the Polar Bear.

Nobody can honestly believe Alonso intended to ruin Winn’s accomplishment. However, there is still one way to resolve this.

Resolution: NY Mets call up Ronny Mauricio, Paul Goldschmidt throws his first hit into the stands

The Mets look like they’re going to be the last team to call up their prospects. The Angels, the same ones who lost again last night, called up Nolan Schanuel, the 11th overall pick from this year’s draft. The ultimate Hail Mary is their latest attempt at salvaging the season. They’re 0 for 1 in attempts.

Meanwhile, Ronny Mauricio continues to play down in Triple-A for what feels like two months too long. He has cooled off from what was a torrid start to the season, but with a .286/.337/.484 slash line on the year plus another 28 doubles and 19 home runs, he’s as ready as he’ll ever be.

The Mets play the Cardinals two more times this weekend and a call up for Mauricio for anything other than to fill a roster spot for an injured player is unlikely to happen. It might satisfy anyone in St. Louis who wants a little revenge. Let Mauricio leg out an infield single to get his career started. Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt can have the same lapse in judgment. Maybe he even eats the baseball. Whatever it is, Mets fans should be on board with this resolution to an already resolved non-issue.

Mauricio does get the ball back in this scenario, too. Those fans in St. Louis have a reputation to uphold as the best in baseball.

This highlight is definitely not what Alonso intended to be his most popular of the season. At least as far as bloopers go, this one doesn’t involve an error in the box score. The fan who caught the ball appeared to comply with returning the first hit. Expect some news about a different autographed baseball and maybe a few swings in the cage with Winn as a “thank you” for doing the right thing.