Get out of the way, Donnie Stevenson. The horse running home can get you beaten.
With the stuffed horse in the Mets dugout, Pete Alonso went home twice, a much better performance than when Stevenson, fictitious hitting trainer, to Citi Field recently.
“The home run is finally here in the second half,” joked Alonso after his two home runs help the Mets beat the Blue Jays, 3-0, at Citi Field on Friday night.
Alonso said the idea for the horse, which wears a hat and warm Mets jacket over its torso, came from current hitting trainer Hugh Quattlebaum. It was first in the dugout on Friday.
At the beginning of the year, after the Mets came out of their slump, players began casually referring to a new approach to hitting coach named “Donnie Stevenson.” Initially, it was reported that Alonso was dressing up as a fictional character to expose his teammates. The player then begins wearing a “Donnie Stevenson” t-shirt featuring a muscular man wearing a headband and sunglasses. More recently, the character, believed to be played by actor Brett Azar, appeared at a few Mets games and Alonso posed for pictures with him. But since the last game before the All-Star halftime, Stevenson has gone into hiding. The horse running home may have taken his place.
“The horse was in the cellar and I hit two of the hosts,” said Alonso, when asked if it was good luck. “We’ll see, but I think it’s working so far.”
After Alonso’s second homer, a powerful 450-foot long shot into the second deck in the center left area in the eighth inning, he carried his horse over the dugout while galloping up and down as congratulated by his teammates. Then he put it down and stroked its mane a few times.
“I don’t know who came up with that. I freaked out once when I looked at the end of the digging path in the middle of the game. I had absolutely no idea it was happening,” coach Luis Rojas said. “But these people are very happy. They do different things. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I felt the same way when I saw it. “
For now, the Mets are calling it the Running Home Horse. But Alonso is open to some creative alternatives.
“Fans, you guys do it,” he said. “Let’s hear some suggestions.”
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