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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mets’ Alonso donates customized cleats to 9/11 museum

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets slugger Pete Alonso visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Tuesday to donate the custom cleats and baseball bat honoring first responders that he used in a game on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Alonso presented the equipment to museum President Alice M. Greenwald. He said “it means the world” that the memorial wanted the gear for its permanent collection.

“Just being here in New York, I just wanted to show every bit of gratitude I could,” Alonso said. “Not just for the first responders, but for the families as well who were directly impacted. You guys will not be forgotten.”

The 24-year-old rookie surprised his teammates with customized spikes to wear during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which the Mets won by scoring 9 runs on 11 hits. He had spent weeks jotting down their shoe sizes, preferred brands and styles, then hired a company to paint them red, white and blue with lettering for first-responder units.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 02, 2019 at 12:57 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 02, 2019 at 09:57 AM (#5885383)
This kid is the genuine article, I think.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: October 02, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5885387)
Amazing to think that Alonso was, what, 6 years old or something?
   3. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 02, 2019 at 01:27 PM (#5885467)

#2 Yeah there's a photo in this article (which is a good read, by the way) of Pete in his Little League Yankees uniform at age 7. Crazy to think that's how old he was a year after 9/11.
   4. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 02, 2019 at 02:35 PM (#5885508)
Crazy to think that's how old he was a year after 9/11.


To a high school junior, 9/11 was just "something that happened," much like the JFK assassination was to people my age. If anybody asks me where I was when President Kennedy was shot, I have to answer "Two years from being born."
   5. RJ in TO Posted: October 02, 2019 at 04:01 PM (#5885551)
If anybody asks me where I was when President Kennedy was shot, I have to answer "Two years from being born."


Let's see the police break that alibi.
   6. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 02, 2019 at 11:16 PM (#5885763)
OK. It checks out.
   7. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 03, 2019 at 07:05 AM (#5885793)
To a high school junior, 9/11 was just "something that happened," much like the JFK assassination was to people my age.


I that really true? I was a college senior and it was a hell of a lot more than "something that happened" to me and my friends. I suspect that this is one of those areas where you don't change that much between the ages of 17 and 22.

Like, to me, the fall of the Berlin Wall was just "something that happened", though I do remember it. But I think you cross a threshold in early adolescence where you start understanding more.
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 03, 2019 at 07:23 AM (#5885794)
As shocking as each was, the wall coming down and the Soviet collapse was somehow more shocking than 9/11 to me. Really? This is how the Cold War is ending? All the planning, hiding under desks, the little hot wars, the missle crisis, bay of pigs,etc. It seemed impossible. I'm mid 40s.
   9. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 03, 2019 at 08:30 AM (#5885798)
I think that illustrates the line pretty well. I was 11 when that happened; you were probably more like 17, right? You understood it and I didn't, really.
   10. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 03, 2019 at 08:35 AM (#5885799)
I that really true? I was a college senior and it was a hell of a lot more than "something that happened" to me and my friends. I suspect that this is one of those areas where you don't change that much between the ages of 17 and 22.

I think Charlie's point is that someone who is a H.S. junior *today* wasn't even born until two years after 9/11 happened. Hence the parallel to his own (lack of) experience with JFK's assassination.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 03, 2019 at 09:03 AM (#5885801)
If anybody asks me where I was when President Kennedy was shot, I have to answer "Two years from being born."

The correct answer to that question is always and everywhere "On the grassy knoll".
   12. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 03, 2019 at 11:51 AM (#5885879)
I think Charlie's point is that someone who is a H.S. junior *today* wasn't even born until two years after 9/11 happened. Hence the parallel to his own (lack of) experience with JFK's assassination.


Yes. Exactly it.
   13. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5885886)
If anybody asks me where I was when President Kennedy was shot, I have to answer "Two years from being born."


I was 9 weeks into my 4th year. My only memory of the whole affair was being annoyed because Saturday morning cartoons were pre-empted by the ongoing coverage, including Oswald's death that day.

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