In a game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, Mets slugger Pete Alonso hit a 448-foot home run off of Braves pitcher Bryce Elder, who had hung a slider over the plate. After hitting the home run, Alonso started chirping Elder, telling him to "throw it again." This was the second of two home runs the Mets hit off of Elder in the third inning of the game, which they won 4-3. Alonso leads the MLB in home runs with 21. The win was important for the Mets as they are 5.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East division.
Later on in the game, the Braves were able to take a 5-4 lead and Bally Sports cameras then cut to the Braves dugout, where pitcher Tyler Matzek was seen yelling "Throw it again" back at the Mets. Matzek isn't active for the Braves due to Tommy John surgery, but his response to Alonso shows the intensity of the rivalry between the two teams. The Braves won the game 6-4.
This isn't the first time that Alonso has gone viral for a home run this season; he admitted to swinging at the first pitch of an at-bat in a May game against the Reds because he needed to use the bathroom. Alonso set a Citi Field home run record this past Sunday with his 72nd long ball in the ballpark, breaking Lucas Duda's prior record.
The Atlanta Braves were scheduled to play a three-game series against the New York Mets at Truist Park on Tuesday night, but the game was delayed due to inclement weather in the area. Despite not raining at the stadium for two hours, the game remained in a weather delay. Fans were left wondering why the game was delayed as there was no visible precipitation. The game was set for a national broadcast on TBS, adding to the anticipation of the rivalry. There has not yet been an updated time for the first pitch of the game.
Overall, the Mets-Braves rivalry continues to be intense and filled with drama, and Alonso's home run and taunting of Elder only added to the excitement of the game.