A scary moment took place on Tuesday night in St. Louis when New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso was drilled in the helmet by St. Louis Cardinals reliever Kodi Whitley‘s changeup in the top of the eighth.
Alonso immediately popped up after being hit and had some words with Whitley.
As he was trying to avoid the pitch, the helmet began to pop off of his head.
Luckily, the pitch still managed to hit the helmet rather than hit Alonso directly in the head.
Mets manager Buck Showalter provided an update on his star first baseman following the Mets’ 3-0 win over the Cards, saying that Alonso has checked out fine since being hit, passing any concussion tests.
Pete Alonso's helmet broke when it was hit by Kodi Whitley's changeup, Buck Showalter said.
Is Alonso OK?
"Seems to be so far," Showalter said. "So far so good" in passing concussion tests.
— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) April 27, 2022
Alonso Okay After Scary Moment
It’s always scary when a pitch gets close to a hitter’s head, but thankfully, it appears that Alonso is okay.
He is penciled into the lineup for Wednesday’s series finale at Busch Stadium, so one can assume that everything is humming along just fine for him at the moment.
Both benches were warned following the incident, and the two teams exchanged hit batsmen later in the game.
Tommy Edman was hit by reliever Adam Ottavino in the bottom of the eighth, and St. Louis reliever Aaron Brooks lost control of a pitch with the bases loaded, hitting Starling Marte to force in the third Mets’ run of the game.
Tensions ran a little high between the Mets and Cards towards the end of the game, with Cardinals’ color commentator Brad Thompson predicting that there could be some fireworks in today’s series finale.
We’ll see if Thompson is right, but again, the important thing is that Alonso is doing okay after a scary moment.