Winn Wins! Cardinals Rookie Reclaims 1st-Hit Ball After Mets’ Alonso Throws It Into the Stands
Cardinals rookie Masyn Winn triumphs in MLB debut, recovering cherished first-hit ball after a fan-assisted adventure orchestrated by Mets’ Alonso.
In an unforgettable MLB debut, Cardinals rookie shortstop Masyn Winn secured not only his first major league hit but also an amusing tale of how he reclaimed the milestone baseball. The Friday night game against the New York Mets turned into a memorable chapter in the 21-year-old’s budding career.
Winn’s moment of glory arrived in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the Cardinals facing off against the Mets, Winn showcased his skill and determination, beating out a dribbler down the third base line for his inaugural major league hit. The Busch Stadium crowd erupted in applause, recognizing the significance of the moment for the young talent.
However, the story took an unexpected turn when New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, perhaps caught up in the excitement of the moment, threw the prized baseball into the stands. It was a move that left many baffled, including Winn himself.
“I had no idea,” Winn admitted when asked about the incident. “When I got to first, I couldn’t really think about everything else. But when I heard (first base coach Stubby Clapp) was right there and he talked to Pete, he was like, ‘Did you just throw that ball in the stands?'”
Initially, it seemed even Alonso was unaware of the significance of his action. He promptly apologized to Winn, first at first base and then again at second, realizing that his throw was a complete accident.
Winn, displaying the spirit of a true sportsman, found humor in the situation. “I thought it was quite funny, especially when we got the ball back,” he remarked.
The Busch Stadium crowd made their sentiments clear, erupting in a chant of “Give it back!” They were eager to see the young rookie keep his cherished keepsake. Fortunately, a fan who had caught the ball graciously surrendered it to a team security official in the top of the sixth inning.
Winn, clearly touched by the fan’s gesture, expressed his gratitude. “I was trying not to crack at short when I heard it,” he recalled. “It was very funny, and I’m really glad she gave it back, and I’m glad I got to sign a ball for her.”
In an act that speaks to his humility and appreciation for the game’s history, Winn revealed that he isn’t holding onto the ball for himself. “I think everybody’s going to remember their first big league hit or first big league strikeout,” he mused. “I’m super excited I got the ball back. I’m hoping I get the first extra-base hit, and my mom can get the first hit.”
Winn’s performance on the field also deserves recognition. The Cardinals’ second-round pick in the 2020 MLB draft went 1 for 4 in the game, despite the team ultimately suffering a 7-1 loss to the Mets. His talent and dedication to the sport were evident, and his journey in the major leagues has certainly begun with a bang.
As Masyn Winn continues to make his mark in the world of professional baseball, his unforgettable debut will be remembered not just for his first hit but also for the unexpected adventure of how the ball briefly went on an unexpected journey into the stands, only to return to its rightful owner, the Cardinals’ promising rookie.