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Mickey Callaway tags Pete Alonso to deliver lineup card to umps for good luck

March 18, 2019

PORT ST. LUCIE — Pete Alonso was not in the Mets’ lineup on Friday, but he took the field anyway.

Mickey Callaway let Alonso present the lineup card to the umps before the Mets’ 11-3 loss to the Nationals.

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“Mick gave me the lineup card and I was like, ‘Alright!’” Alonso said. “He just said, ‘Hey, go take the card out and win us a ballgame.’”

It was Alonso’s first time taking the lineup card pregame. He wanted to make the mundane daily process a little more humorous by telling a joke to the umps. Alonso thought twice about the joke he had in mind, so he reversed course and shelved it instead.

“Oh no, I can’t say it,” Callaway said. “It was a good one though.”

When reporters asked postgame what the joke was supposed to be, Alonso finally revealed what he had handy for the big moment.

New York Mets Pete Alonso singles during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson / AP)

“What’s long, brown and sticky,” Alonso said. “A stick.”

The punchline of that joke went over well in the clubhouse, but it was clear Alonso made the right call in zipping his mouth shut to the umps.

Callaway said he’ll have players present the lineup card from time-to-time to get familiar with the umpires and learn more about the process of baseball, beyond just taking the field to hit and defend.

Callaway’s hope of Alonso winning the ballgame by presenting the card never came to fruition. But whether or not the joke could have helped seal the Mets’ fate remains a mystery.

“I don’t think I’m going to be taking the lineup card out anymore,” Alonso said.

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