Pete Alonso organizes the ‘Battle of the Boroughs’ charity event
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso continued his huge work of giving back to the community on Monday night, as he gathered some of the city’s best young talent at Maimonides Park in Brooklyn to compete in the first-ever ‘Battle of the Boroughs’ home racing derby.
“The Home Run Derby is something really special to me, and I want to give back and be able to give that opportunity to some kids here in New York, these kids can absolutely rock it. It’s really special to me, ”said Alonso.
Two teams of four children each faced each other, and the two hitters with the highest score at the end of the night met in the final. It was a perfect night for a derby with the wind blowing, and the man put these kids on a show.
Alonso sat down and watched alongside his fiancee Haley cheering on the boys, posing for pictures, signing autographs and of course giving them a few words of wisdom as they progressed through the round. three minutes.
Everything the big man said certainly seemed to work, as even Angel Poche of the Bronx, 12, and Nick Pleswicz of Staten Island were able to put home runs over the fence at Minor League Park.
Hitters wiped it away, showcasing absolute power all night long. In the end, Isiah Shivers of Brooklyn and Esteban Garcia of Queens faced off in the final game.
Right before that, the two-time MLB Home Run Derby champion decided it was his turn. Alonso was joined by Mets bench coach and derby pitcher legend himself Dave Jauss, and the man made the duo a show.
Jauss was there to attend the event alongside his wife, Billie, and he told me he was honored to be there and to play a part in such a great event.
“I like it for the city and the young players. What Pete does for New York City and the charities he sponsors is really cool. I am honored and blessed to be here tonight, ”Jauss said.
After Alonso smashed a few baseballs, Garcia and Shivers got into a fight, with Shivers ultimately ranking first 57-30. Shivers and each member of the winning Team Amazin won a nice derby champion chain similar to Alonso’s.
Pete and the first Battle of the Boroughs champion Isiah Shivers. pic.twitter.com/ZPs3FDY9rA
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All proceeds from the evening went directly to Alonso’s charity, Homers for Heroes. The slugger and his fiancée Haley created the foundation in 2019 to recognize everyday heroes who impact our lives.
“Being able to give back with combined baseball is so special. I love this city and the people of the city. Their best fans. They have given Haley and I so much love and support, and that’s just one of the things we want to do to help give back, ”Alonso said.
He added: “I can’t say enough about how amazing it is. These guys put on an absolute show, I was so impressed with them all night long. Hopefully we can do it again next year and every year thereafter. ”
There’s a reason Pete Alonso is the 2021 Mets nominee for the Roberto Clements Award, and it was on display again Monday night.
Some players just figured it out, and the great Pete is definitely one of them. It was certainly a great night for everyone at the baseball stadium for an even better cause. Nicely done as always by Big Pete, Haley and everyone else involved!