The Mets scored their nine runs on 11 hits on a night when Major League Baseball honored those whose lives were lost or affected on Sept. 11, 2001.
“What a great day. Just to have all the first responders on the field, getting to stand in between [them],” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “I know I had some pretty cool conversations with the guys around me; I’m sure everybody out there on the line did. He was just talking about that day, and all the cleanup after — it’s amazing. So that was neat in its own right; and then to come up and win a game for them, and to get nine runs on 11 hits, that’s even cooler.”
Mets slugger Pete Alonso coordinated the purchase and production of custom 9/11 cleats for Mets players to wear. He went around the Mets’ locker room and collected shoe sizes and preferred brands for each teammate. He said he didn’t contact Major League Baseball about the cleats. “I feel like if Major League Baseball kind of got their hands on it, it may not have been approved,” Alonso said. “But I’m really happy that we kind of banded together here in the clubhouse and made something cool happen.”
Alonso said he wanted to design hats the Mets could wear on the field, but that idea was rejected by Major League Baseball. “I think it’s kind of sad that first game back, they’ve kind of shot it down every single year since,” Alonso said. “It’s real unfortunate. So a way to kind of get around that was the cleats.”
Both the Mets and Diamondbacks wore first responder hats during batting practice, then lined up on their respective baselines alongside firefighters, police and emergency medical technicians prior to the national anthem.
Steven Matz (10-8) tossed six scoreless innings for the Mets, who jumped on Robbie Ray (12-8) for five runs before chasing him with two out in the first.