Pete Alonso and the importance of leadership

On March 12th, 2020, a thing happened that no one anticipated or had seen in our lifetimes. The major league baseball season was delayed for something that had nothing to do with the game itself. COVID-19, the strain of Coronavirus that is currently causing innumerable changes to the United States, took down, from the outside, a game that even World War II couldn’t fully stop.

On that day, a 25 year old first baseman from the New York Mets took to twitter and released a heartfelt statement to a country that is currently reeling from this pandemic. Pete Alonso’s words, for a moment, helped us feel that there was a little bit of hope in a country that feels like it’s reeling by the hour and was the continuation of the developing star that not only set records with his play last season, but also proved to be a confident, mature leader for team that has needed one for so long. David Wright had qualities like that as well, but his injury plagued final years with the team put a limit on how far that leadership could take him. In Alonso, the Mets have someone that the organization can build a team around from both a talent and a cultural standpoint.

But his statement and his presence over the last year just further highlights the divide this country is currently in and why the cancellation of sports and the continued spread of COVID-19 is such a scary thing for the future of the United States. It’s frightening that the country is so divided that a poll last night showed that Democrats feel that COVID-19 is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with and Republicans feel like it’s not that big of a deal. It’s borderline madness that a 25 year old baseball player can make people feel better while a 73 year old man who should be the guiding light in this crisis can’t and spends more time tweeting about the Swine Flu and how great the Olympic stadium is in Japan than easing the fears in the hearts of the American people that he is responsible for. How is that not only are tests not available, but the means to evaluate them not adequate? How can there be no consistent message or plan as to how to manage the situation, from both a medical and economic standpoint? How can it be that whole cities and areas of the country are shut down, that arenas are closed, that sports and concerts and innumerable other things that are bastion of the middle class and small business owners are cancelled and there is no plan how to remedy that?

It’s thrilling that the Mets have a young man like Alonso who can give hope to a fanbase that has been so bereft of hope, but it’s also a shame that we have to find hope in a 25 year old baseball player when our own government can’t and only provides us all with confusion and disarray when the concept is broached to them.

Everyone, please stay safe. Stay healthy and make sure your loved ones are as well. Don’t be afraid of the doctor and don’t buy into both the lunacy of those who are hoarding toilet paper and those who believe this is a liberal hoax. It is not a made up and is also not the end of the world.

This is an historical moment and at such times, the true character of those who lead us becomes clear. The Houston Astros had such a moment and have shown their character in their responses to the cheating scandal. In the confused and maddening response the federal government has shown to this crisis it’s become clear that if the country was run by more people with the moral character of Pete Alonso, this would be over sooner than it might be with the way things are now. This country is strong as our it’s people and we will not only endure, but we will make it through this and bounce back as we always do. It’s just a symptom of the failure of leadership that bloggers and baseball players and TV pundits have to get that message out instead of the people that we all rely on to keep us safe and make sure things like this don’t knock the United States and the rest of the world to its knees.

Finally, in the words of Alonso as he ended his statement, “we are all strong; every one of us. It is our duty to protect people who are at high risk. As much as we hate it not having sports, it’s our dty to protect others. Lastly, LGFM.”

Well said Alonso. We all hear you.

9 comments for “Pete Alonso and the importance of leadership

  1. José
    March 14, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I’ll never be caught defending the current administration. However, I feel it is a step in the wrong direction to introduce partisan politics into this oasis of civility which lies within the cesspool of our modern “social” media. This ultimately may very well cast us upon the slippery slopes leading to the wreckage of places like Eww-Toob, where rationality and civility desperately wage a forlorn battle

  2. Dean Nelson
    March 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Scott good article until you decided to bring your political B/S into it. The great thing about most of these blogs is the ability to just read and converse about sports but you unfortunately broke out with your TDS.
    Alonzo does look to be our bright young Star who will be the Mets mouthpiece for hopefully a good long career.

  3. Pal88
    March 14, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    A true captain in the making…too bad you had to bring politics into it.

    TDS on display…he lives in their heads!

  4. Tim Donner
    March 14, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    So glad I came here to be lectured by a leftist. Just what I was looking for from a baseball site.

  5. José
    March 14, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    I am disappointed by the three subsequent replies to my initial one. I managed to keep my remark as non-partisan, thus I’m sure it can be done given my lack of eloquence in verbal expression

    One might say that some of yous were just chomping at the bit to express your partisan thoughts.

    But, since yous brought it up, there are plenty of old-school die-hard conservatives who are fundamentally opposed to the current administration, so the anti-liberal commentary (and promulgation of the TDS concept) here seems, at best, somewhere between unjustified and confused

  6. NY NIC
    March 14, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    The issue of the COVID-19, does not affect the right or the left. It affects all people of all opinions and belief in this country as well as the world. You can try and place blame on commentary, but the only blame that should fall is on the world leaders that let this thing go so far before informing the public. This is literally the only reason that this virus has spread this far.

  7. Mike W
    March 14, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Who gives a crap about left or right. I have a friend who manages a Subway. They are going to close the store for a minimum of three weeks. No paycheck. Subway managers aren’t left or right. They are like millions who are going to really be hurt by this. I love this blog and look forward to it for my baseball fix while I will be sequestered in my house when the corona hits the fan.

  8. Scott Ferguson
    March 15, 2020 at 6:55 am

    The Mets have been a part of my life since I was 6 years old. I remember listening to Game 6 with my dad on our way home from ty he Catskills. I write for this blog out of my love for this team and this sport.

    I’m a registered Independent and a centrist, so my opinions aren’t ideological. I have issues with how this whole situation has been handled, from to to bottom, on both sides of the political aisle.

    That’s why Alonso’s comments struck me. What he said was the right thing to do regardless of whom you support. It felt like the right thing for me to do to acknowledge that, but to acknowledge why that mattered, I had to state what made it that way, which was the fact that our own leaders, not just the president, can’t give us a similar message.

    That’s what all of us needs and I was proud as a Mets fan that it came of my guys.

  9. TexasGusCC
    March 17, 2020 at 12:15 am

    It was a nice start to the article, until… Very surprised Brian let that slide.

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