On a Saturday night in Queens, Pete Alonso delivered for the New York crowd that turned out to see MLB history. Baseball has a new all-time rookie home run king. Not only will Alonso lead baseball in home runs, he’s set a rookie record that breaks Aaron Judge’s 2017 record and should stand for a good long time.
Furthermore, here’s his 53rd home run of the season. It was a dramatic one, in comparison to the little McGwire 1998 type shot that tied Roger Maris in which he hit last night to tie Judge.
Alonso spoke after the game about his record, and make no mistake about it; the guy is going to hit a lot of home runs in the future in this game.
Just magical. pic.twitter.com/sQyUZc7wPj
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 29, 2019
Alonso started homering this season, and did it through the spring, the warmth of summer, and into the fall. He didn’t stop or slow down along the way. While he seemed like a guy to me when everyone talked about him in the months leading up to the season that could hit 15 or 20 in his rookie year, I don’t think anyone ever envisioned this.
Even in a year where juiced baseballs were the thing, he absolutely mashed with an all-time power season. And 2020 should even be more fun watching this guy wreck shit out in Queens. The Mets are interesting again, even being eliminated in the final week. They’re a story again.
With Alonso and company, that’s good for the sport; we think.