Pete Alonso showed up at Monday night’s New York Rangers game and the talk wasn’t about who he was with, where he sat, or how quickly he guzzled down a beer. Fans took notice of the fashion choice for the New York Mets first baseman.
The shirt, mostly covered in these images, says “New York or Nowhere.”
So if Alonso truly is making a statement with this shirt, he has left himself with very few options. He’s either staying with the Mets, going to the Yankees, or retiring from baseball altogether. Or maybe it’s just a brand of clothing. Yep. That’s it. New York or Nowhere is a clothing brand. Who knew? Some of us still wear clothes we bought from K-Mart a dozen years ago.
What’s the latest on Pete Alonso buzz?
MLB itself has been relatively quiet on the rumor mill. Most reporters are throwing together trades or free agent destinations they believe are logical and not so much sharing any rumblings. Alonso is often regarded as one of the bigger trade possibilities this offseason. Fortunately, it’s all speculative.
The last true report of Alonso had to do with the kind of contract he’d be seeking. Earlier this month, Jeff Passan shared Alonso’s desire to surpass the recent contracts handed out to other star first basemen. That pair would include Freddie Freeman and his Atlanta Braves replacement, Matt Olson.
Alonso “going over to the dark side” and hiring Scott Boras was an early offseason indication of how serious he is about getting paid. Boras’ reputation is nothing but dollar signs.
Going back to his rookie year, there has never been a doubt about how much Alonso truly loves New York. The shirt he wore to the Rangers game represents how he feels. It’s also probably a very smart suggestion made by Boras to be seen in public wearing it with less than 365 days to go before he becomes a free agent. Next week’s Winter Meetings will make for a good opportunity for Alonso’s name to resurface. Unfortunately, it’ll probably be MLB Insiders giving random percentages to the likelihood of the Polar Bear getting traded.