Pete Alonso’s fantasy tenderfoot season will end Sunday, however he isn’t going unobtrusively.
The Mets first baseman cleared the left-field fence at Citi Field in his first at-bat against the Braves on Friday night for homer No. 52, tying him with Aaron Judge for the MLB new kid on the block record. Judge hit 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.
Alonso’s impact, combined with a two-run homer from J.D. Davis, conveyed the Mets to a 4-2 triumph over the Braves.
Alonso crushed a line drive off Dallas Keuchel that hit a blue holding divider behind the left-field fence. Alonso push the two arms into the air as he adjusted a respectable starting point.
“When I was adjusting the bases I felt like a little child, similar to a 7-year-old child,” Alonso said. “I was only sort of overwhelmed with unadulterated euphoria and feeling. I can’t think about a more joyful time in my life playing baseball. That is the thing that fantasies for me are made of. It’s extraordinary that it occurred.”
Alonso and Judge met at the All-Star Game in Cleveland this season. Presently the two sluggers have progressed toward becoming laced inside the texture of the Mets-Yankees contention.
“There’s nothing amiss with some cordial challenge,” Alonso said. “A few fans don’t believe it’s agreeable challenge, however I feel that is great for the city and to have great players here in Queens, yet to have great players over yonder, I feel like that is a great thing and an incredible thing for the city.”
As of now this season Alonso had broken Cody Bellinger’s NL new kid on the block record for homers (39) and broke the establishment sign of 41 that was shared by Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran.
Alonso started the night as the MLB pioneer in homers and is endeavoring to turn into the first Mets player to wear the crown. Alonso’s 119 RBIs tied Wally Berger in 1930 for the second-most by a National League new kid on the block. Albert Pujols built up the record with 130 RBIs as a Cardinals tenderfoot in 2001.
A history major at the University of Florida, Alonso acknowledges the greatness of what he’s achieving this season.
“When I consider folks like baseball history, I consider bygone era folks like Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds,” Alonso said. “To believe that as a tenderfoot, I hit a greater number of homers than everybody aside from one person, it’s nuts. It’s insane.”
Despite the fact that chief Mickey Callaway played with batting Alonso leadoff to maybe get him an extra at-bat, the first baseman stayed in the No. 2 gap, a spot from which he has hit with solace this season.
The Braves will begin Mike Foltynewicz on Saturday and Mike Soroka on Sunday. It leaves Alonso with maybe eight to 10 plate appearances with a shot to push forward of Judge.
“You saw the fans today around evening time, they needed [Alonso] to tie that so terrible,” Callaway said. “Furthermore, presently they are needing him to assume control over the lead, and he’s been exceptional. There is something in particular about Pete that attracts everyone and he’s had a hell of a season.”
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