After Pete Alonso hit his 52nd residence run of the season to tie with Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge’s main league report for many homers by a rookie on Friday, Alonso stood at his locker and thought of his place in baseball historical past.
“I think of old-timey guys like Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds,” he stated. “To think as a rookie I hit more homers than everyone except for one guy, it’s nuts. It’s crazy.”
Alonso, 24, is alone atop the annals now. During the third inning of Saturday night time’s sport towards the Atlanta Braves, Alonso rerouted a two-seam fastball from Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz into the center-field bleachers at Citi Field for his 53rd residence run of the season. The Mets had been already main, 2-Zero, and Alonso’s blast proved to be the crowning glory of a Three-Zero win over the first-place Braves within the penultimate sport of a Mets season that can finish with out a playoff look.
Alonso admired his historic homer as he made his approach to first, and celebrated with teammates after crossing residence plate. He remained emotional within the discipline afterward, and wiped tears from his eyes whereas enjoying first base.
With at some point left within the common season, Alonso leads the majors in homers. Entering Saturday night time’s sport, Eugenio Suarez of the Cincinnati Reds was in second place with 49 homers. If Alonso maintains his lead, he would grow to be the primary rookie within the fashionable period (since 1900) to be the outright residence run chief.
When Alonso was a scholar on the University of Florida, he was a historical past main; he has commonly expressed appreciation for the predecessors he surpassed this season. After Alonso tied with Judge, who established the report in 2017, the Yankees slugger returned the reward and famous that he anticipated Alonso to beat his mark by the tip of the weekend.
“There’s no better individual to represent not only the Mets but the city of New York,” Judge stated. “He’s going to do a lot of special things over his long career, so I’m excited for him. It’s just the beginning for him and it’s the first of many records he’s going to break.”
With the Mets eradicated from the playoffs as of Wednesday night time, Mets Manager Mickey Callaway took word of the followers persevering with to return out to Queens to assist Alonso.
“There is something about Pete that draws everybody in,” Callaway stated.
James Wagner contributed reporting from Arlington, Tex.