We are currently a little nostalgic, since today, Thursday, March 26th, was supposed to be opening day in Major League Baseball. However, due to ongoing concerns about the quick spread of the COVID-19, MLB and other professional sports, leagues and circuits decided to push back their seasons to avoid public gatherings and other risk factors. The New York Mets, therefore, aren’t playing today and won’t do it until late May at the earliest.
The Mets’ first baseman and reigning Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso is certainly keeping himself busy during the off time. Recently, he teamed up with manager Luis Rojas to give a long time fan a huge surprise, and now, he is doing his best to bring a little cheer into doctors working tirelessly to help combat coronavirus in the tri-state area.
Alonso, one of the new faces of the New York Mets’ franchise, uploaded a video in his Twitter account thanking doctors at four Atlantic Health System hospitals in New Jersey.
The Mets’ slugger is extremely grateful
“I just want to say thank you so much for all the time and effort that you’re putting into this, and thank you on behalf of everybody, because you’re a part of a bigger picture trying to help prevent this disease,” Alonso said in the video. “Thank you for keeping everybody safe, and providing protection for everybody here on the front lines, working on the prevention of this thing.”
Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has killed thousands of people around the world, and the United States are one of the most affected countries. The doctors’ role in preventing and treating the disease has been truly invaluable.
Alonso wants to give recognition to those who have been battling on the front lines during the pandemic.
The first baseman was one of the best Mets’ players in 2019, his debut season. He hit 53 home runs and had a team-leading 143 wRC+.
“I don’t want to be just a good baseball player,” Alonso said last summer. “I want to be a good person, too.”