New York Mets’ Pete Alonso strongly supports the return of the black uniforms

Andres Chavez
New York Mets, Pete Alonso
USA Today

The black uniform that the New York Mets used from 1998 to 2012 are quite popular. And now, they have a new declared fan in slugger Pete Alonso, the reigning Rookie of the Year and home run king of the Major Leagues, no less.

A few days ago, Alonso expressed his desire for the Mets to bring back the black jersey tops. Recently, though, he went on to explain that he doesn’t just want them back, “we need them back.

“The reason why I love the black uniforms so much, [is] when I think of the New York Mets, I think of Pedro [Martinez],” Alonso continued. “I think of Mike Piazza. I think of Edgardo Alfonzo. I think of Cliff Floyd. David Wright wore the blacks. Carlos Beltrán wore the blacks. I think of so many just electric players that wore the black.”

“When I think of that, I imagine and put in my mind 45,000 people blacked out, screaming down the necks of whoever’s in that opposing dugout. It’s a mentality, and it’s an attitude.”

What should the Mets do?

The uniform is certainly popular and it has sparked a nice debate on social media in the last few days.

And while the Mets’ first baseman has been among the most vocal supporters of the black uniforms, he is not the only one. Stars ranging from pitcher Marcus Stroman to utility players J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith have also said they would like for them to return.

Polls on Twitter have shown that the black jersey tops have nearly 80 percent of popularity among fans. However, New York Mets’ officials have declined to comment on the matter and they have said that they won’t discuss the subject publicly.

The story goes that the Mets, upon their birth in 1962, borrowed the blue from the Dodgers and the orange from the Giants, as a way to remember their past.