Won't Pete Alonso please think of the children?
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets had a lot to celebrate last week and through the weekend only for a trip to face the Chicago Cubs to pour cold water on them these last two nights. Maybe it’s for the best. The team, specifically Pete Alonso, looked like a spritz of ice water is what they needed to settle down.
It’s hard to believe only a week ago the new Mets celebration began. How do we describe it without making anyone blush? It’s kind of Elvis with ants in his pants and a hula hoop but he’s really enjoying every second of it.
The celebration created a little bit of a buzz with people like Brandon Tierney coming up with a theory as to what it all means. Right or wrong, our inner Helen Lovejoys are all curious; won’t somebody please think of the children?
The Mets haven’t had much to celebrate and maybe that’s a good thing for the kids
Let’s get this out of the way. Alonso loves this game. He loves winning. He enjoys the attention that comes with it. This isn’t to call him some sort of an attention-seeking weirdo. He’s just a goofball trying to be a leader in his own way. He’s basically Andy from Parks and Recreation. Or Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. Or whoever he played in Bride Wars. I’m assuming Chris Pratt only knows one character.
Baseball needs this sort of infusion of excitement and weirdness. What’s so wrong with being different? If you’re having fun and nobody is getting hurt, have at it!
This is the problem with the Mets and their gyrations. It’s embarrassing.
Secondhand embarrassment is something we all try to get through our days without experiencing. At times, it can be worse than being the victim of a pair of pants falling down. In the case of the Mets, nobody really wants to be associated with something so…whatever it is they’ve been doing.
Buck Showalter giving Alonso the thumbs down for his cursing last week on SNY might have been a step in the right direction to make the Mets a little more Puritan. They don’t have to go out there thumping the Good Book nor do they have to tone down the celebration or the fun.
The answer to the question “Where do babies come from?” shouldn’t begin with “Well kids, when the Mets win a baseball game and they celebrate…”
Last week was an enjoyable one for the Mets fans and players. It could’ve been a little less weird with a goofy hat or a different celebration. They don’t need to behave like the parents in Footloose. They just need to tone it down. Save the weirdness for the World Series parade. You can always say you had a little too much. It worked for Tom Brady.