The New York Mets began their season with a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night, but they suffered a late scare when Pete Alonso got hit in the face by a pitch.
In the top of the ninth, Nationals reliever Mason Thompson drilled the star first baseman around his shoulder and helmet face guard with a 95-mph fastball. Although he quickly got up, the Mets instantly removed him from the game.
After the game, the 27-year-old laughed off the incident. SNY Mets shared a screenshot from Alonso's Instagram account where he mocked his sore lip.
"Why spend thousands on lip injections when you can get this look for FREE by getting hit in the mouth by a 97 MPH fastball?"
Mets fans can exhale. Alonso also told reporters, via MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, that he feels fine after clearing concussion protocols.
"All good," Alonso said. "Just a busted lip, that's it. Got all my teeth. No concussion. I'm all good."
This is the second close call Alonso has faced recently. Last month, he walked away unscathed from a scary car crash that he described as a “really close experience to death.”
A vital anchor in the Mets' lineup, Alonso has hit 106 home runs in his first three MLB seasons. He's also been one of their most durable players, missing only 14 games since making the Opening Day roster in 2019.
The Mets will return to Washington on Friday night, where Max Scherzer is scheduled to make his Mets debut against his former team. While it wouldn't be too surprising if Alonso sits out as a precaution, he luckily avoided a far worse scenario.