The New York Mets and St Louis Cardinals don’t have very much left to play for at this point in the season.
The Mets are 9 games under .500 and 23 games back in the NL East.
The Cardinals are 15 games under .500 and currently find themselves 10 games out of the wild card race.
In spite of their struggles, yesterday’s game between the two teams was still able to produce one noteworthy moment.
Rookie Cardinals shortstop Masyn Winn was able to beat out a throw to first in the 5th inning to get his first career MLB hit.
Then things got a little bit weird.
In a moment of confusion, New York Mets star Pete Alonso launched the ball into the stands after the hit.
NO SHOT PETE ALONSO JUST LAUNCHED MASYN WINN’S 1ST CAREER HIT INTO THE STANDS pic.twitter.com/VNEv1P59uJ
— Addison (@YankeeWRLD) August 19, 2023
After the game, Winn revealed that Alonso was immediately apologetic over the mistake.
Luckily, the Cardinals were able to track the ball down and retrieve it from the fan who was on the receiving end of Alonso’s throw.
However, it seems Alonso still felt the need to make up for the unfortunate moment.
According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, Alonso sent an autographed bat and a nice bottle of tequila to Masyn Winn as an apology.
Pete Alonso sent an autographed bat and bottle of “1942” to Masyn Winn as a goodwill gesture after last night accidentally throwing the ball from his first hit into the stands.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) August 19, 2023
It’s a classy move from Pete Alonso, who seemed to have made an honest mistake in the moment.
Still, it seems he may need to be added to the list of players who shouldn’t be entrusted with important pieces of memorabilia alongside Mike Evans.
It looks like one of the most awkward moments in sports yesterday at least got a happy ending.