Cardinals coach, Mets’ Pete Alonso make up after recent brawl

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Stubby Clapp #82 of the St. Louis Cardinals watches batting practice before a MLB game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Stubby Clapp #82 of the St. Louis Cardinals watches batting practice before a MLB game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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St. Louis Cardinals coach Stubby Clapp and Mets first baseman Pete Alonso made up on Tuesday after a recent brawl.

There has been some bad blood between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets. Earlier this season, Pete Alonso was hit in the head by a pitch. The next night, J.D. Davis was hit in the foot by a pitch, resulting in a benches clearing brawl that resulted in Cardinals coach Stubby Clapp throwing Alonso to the ground.

After the game, Alonso discussed the incident, and said: “I’m a big, strong guy. They don’t know my temper, they don’t know what I can do. If I wanted to put somebody in the hospital, I easily could.” He added that he was trying to protect his teammates before he was thrown to the ground by Clapp.

A looming rematch between the Cardinals and Mets became a whole lot more interesting. On Tuesday, that became reality, and the two made up by acknowledging one another at first base. They did not shake hands or make physical contact, but rather made hand gestures that seemed to imply “All good” or something along those lines.

Regardless, it’s good that the two made up and put the incident behind them. Alonso and the Mets have been hit by more pitches than any team in the league, hence their frustration with getting plunked multiple times (including in the head, which marked the second time that happened to Alonso this season).

It could have easily spilled over into this game, which would have made things incredibly awkward during a doubleheader and four game series. But now, with this a thing of the past, both teams can focus solely on the game and not have to worry about any on-field drama. They split the first two games in New York, with the Cardinals scoring the game-winning run in the top half of the ninth inning in Game 2 to seal a 4-3 win.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 eastern time on Wednesday, with Max Scherzer taking the mound for the Mets while Jordan Hicks, the reliever turned starting pitcher, is set to pitch for the Cardinals.

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