Mets' Pete Alonso has no problem with Marcus Stroman's celebration Wednesday night
With runners on the corners and one out in the top of the eighth inning, and his team, the Chicago Cubs, leading the Mets 4-2 on Wednesday night, Marcus Stroman induced a ground-ball double play to end the inning and celebrated by looking towards New York's dugout, shouting and pounding his chest in excitement.
Although some Mets fans, and perhaps even a few Mets players, took issue with Stroman's fiery celebration, Pete Alonso did not.
"Well, what do you want him to do? He threw eight innings and pitched really well,” Alonso said on Carton & Roberts on Thursday. “He’s fired up. You know what? Don’t like it? We should have played better."
Stroman wound up getting the win against his former team by going eight innings and giving up just two earned runs on four hits, one of which came from Alonso, and two walks while striking out three.
The only blemish by the 32-year-old came off the bat of Francisco Alvarez who hit a two-run home run in the third inning. It was also Alvarez who grounded into the double play that led to Stroman's burst of emotion.
"When you don’t put up enough runs and a pitcher goes eight innings, you can do whatever you want," Alonso continued. "...He pitched well and he made a great play. That’s the beautiful thing about sports, it brings out kid emotions in grown men."
Unwritten rules and professionalism aside, Stroman's celebration likely only made headlines and brought ire to Mets fans because of how he left Queens, criticizing the organization on numerous occasions on his way out on social media and insinuating how happy he was to have left New York.
However, Alonso was asked how Stroman -- who started 44 games for the Mets after getting traded midseason by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019, didn't play in 2020 and then led the majors with 33 starts in 2021 -- was as a teammate and in the clubhouse.
"I like Marcus a lot,” Alonso said. “He’s definitely one of those guys where when you have him, he’s awesome. He pitches with fire and passion. He has an incredible work ethic. Me and him have hung out in a few offseasons. He’s a cool guy, and I thought he was a pretty good teammate from my experience. He’s a really good pitcher and we just caught the short end of the stick (on Wednesday night). He pitched really well against us."