Pete Alonso Issues Statement On Opening Day Delay Over Coronavirus

Mets Slugger Says Best Things In Life Are Worth The Wait

Alec Gearty
March 12, 2020 - 5:09 pm

With the growing concern relating to the coronavirus, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced there would be at two-week minimum delay to the start of the 2020 season. He also revealed the suspension of spring training games. 

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was looking to follow up his stellar rookie campaign. Fourteen days shy of when the Mets were set to host their home opener, Alonso released a statement regarding MLB's response and expressed his concern for those impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus). 

"First and foremost, I want to say I'm going to miss baseball," Alonso said. "God willing, it will only be a short hiatus from the best game in the world. It's a strange circumstance in a strange world. I hope everyone stays healthy and safe. For the people who are affected by this virus, I wish them a speedy recovery. The best things in life (baseball season) are worth waiting for."

Manfred hopes for the return of normal operations "as soon as possible." The NBA and Major League Soccer announced a suspension of at least 30 days as both leagues deal with the threat. The NHL also suspended its schedule. 

Two NBA players — Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert — have tested positive for coronavirus. Mitchell's father, Donovan Sr., works in the Mets' front office is reportedly set to undergo testing for the virus — he visited his son when Utah faced the Knicks last week.

Alonso continued his message, thanking medical personnel. 

"Thank you to everyone in the medical world trying to find a way to contain and suppress this disease," Alonso said. "Those people are working tirelessly to make sure this disease doesn't turn into a massive international disaster. It's good to see all these precautions and measures taken to prevent something more dangerous and deadly."

Prior to cancellations throughout the sports world, many leagues contemplated having their games in front of a restricted attendance. The Mets slugger finished his lengthy statement reassuring baseball fans to protect each other. 

"We are all strong; every one of us," Alonso added. "It's our duty to protect people who are at high risk. As much as we hate it not having sports, it's our duty to protect others. 

No message from Alonso would be complete without his signature mantra, which captivated Mets fans last season, "LFGM."

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