The New York Mets presented their own version of the University of Miami turnover chain and Chris Paul’s secret stuff on Friday night, a plush horse that back-to-back Home Run Derby winner Pete Alonso dubbed the Home Run Horse.
The Mets honored Alonso’s two-dinger night with a cotton-filled horse that could easily be found in a children’s playhouse. The first time it was heard was in the bottom of the first inning.
The Home Run Horse made a comeback in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Alonso smashed another home run to put the Yankees up 3-0.
After the game, Alonso told the local broadcast that hitting instructor Hugh Quattlebaum came up with the idea for the Home Run Horse. As you can see from Alonso’s description, the gimmick isn’t all that complicated.
When it comes to power, the Mets could need a kick in the buttocks. They are 25th in the majors in total home runs, and even Alonso, who is known for his power, is just 24th in the league with 19 home runs.
Nonetheless, the Mets improved to 51-43 with a win on Friday night led by the Home Run Horse, increasing their lead in the National League East to an amazing 4.5 games.