Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso donated his 9/11 tribute cleats and an autographed commemorative bat to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The first basemen wore the cleats during a game on the anniversary of the 18th Anniversary of the 2001 attacks.
Alonso made the donation on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum following a private tour with 9/11 Memorial & Museum President & CEO Alice M. Greenwald. Alonso was joined by his family and members of the Mets organization including Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon.
As one of baseball’s rising stars, Pete’s courageous decision to create these cleats and give each of his teammates a pair became a wonderful example of what it means to Never Forget. On the 18th anniversary of the attacks, the Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. When the game finished and the box score was filed, people began to realize a very fitting coincidence on this important day: the Mets scored 9 runs on 11 hits on 9/11.
These artifacts will help the 9/11 Memorial Museum illustrate this powerful story. Both objects will be cared for in perpetuity as a part of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s collection.
Every donation to the collection enables us to tell the story of 9/11, which includes the victims’ stories, the global response to the attacks as well as the growing health crisis facing those who returned to rebuild.