The New York Mets will wear a hat during their game Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, honoring first responders on the 19th anniversary of the 11 attacks.
First baseman Pete Alonso revealed plans during an appearance at WFN on Friday. Although the Mets have worn commemorative hats during batting practice in recent seasons, tonight’s first matchup at Citi Field was the first time in many years that players were allowed to wear them during a game.
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“Years ago, we weren’t allowed, but I think because of last year, and Jeff Wilpon in the ear of the commissioner, they’re going to wear a hat to us,” Alonso told the radio station. “FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority, Sanitation, and EMTs – without the people who know what could have happened. We’re going to miss those with five different hats on the field today. I really I am excited that we have to represent those who help us. ”
In 2001, the Mets and Yankees players famously wore the NYPD and FDNY hats, with the Weir paying tribute to first responders when they returned to the field just days after the Sept 11 attacks. However, in recent years Major League Baseball officials have blocked attempts by players to wear hats on the 9/11th anniversary.
When a commemorative hat was stopped from wearing last season, Alonso ordered and wore a pair of custom 9/11-inspired clats with tributes to various front-line departments. The Mets slugger later donated the shoes to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.
“I have a platform every day as an MLB player, and I want to influence people in a positive way. Being in New York, I really felt passionate about this; Last year, there was a lot going on in Congress with 9/11 compensation issues, and people were dying due to exposure to chemicals by cleanliness, ”Alonso said.
Alonso has made it a priority to support first responders since joining the Mets. Last year, he donated a portion of his $ 1 million win in the Home Run Derby to the Wounded Warriors Project, which provides assistance to military veterans and the Towers Foundation, which raises funds for the families of first responders.
The Mets face the Blue Jays at 6:30 pm ET.
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