You had to know after a huge spring training, Pete Alonso was going to follow it up with some long balls and not wait long before doing so.
Alas, Alonso hit his first of the season in the New York Mets’ first win of the season in Philadelphia. Also, Dom Smith went yard in the 8-4 win. However, Alonso’s long ball carried a little more significance. While COVID-19 robbed people of seeing Alonso play more last season, it couldn’t deny him of achieving history.
First, let’s take a look at the home run.
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 7, 2021
Now for the history tidbit.
Pete Alonso is the fastest in MLB history to 70 career homers. It took him 220 games, 11 games sooner than it took Aaron Judge, who previously held that record.
— Wayne Randazzo (@WayneRandazzo) April 7, 2021
Indeed it was Alonso’s 70th career home run in his 220th career game. Sure, Alonso isn’t a spring chicken, but this makes him the quickest ever to reach that milestone, surpassing Aaron Judge to the number in 11 games shorter timespan.
The Mets are impressive, and while the Phillies are going to be around and surprise many, Alonso leading the league in home runs will not come as an equal surprise.
We really like Alonso. He’s on our fantasy team, and we vow to own him as long as he’s wearing a Mets uniform. We see him in the model of a Jim Thome type who is going to hit a lot of bombs for the Metropolitans.