First things first, it’s PETE, not Peter. Peter was too professional, and Pete is a fun guy, so he wanted a more fun name. And if this alone isn’t enough for you to like this guy, then I will continue.
For those of you that don’t know, Pete Alonso is the New York Mets rookie 1st basemen prospect that was called up this season. He is 24 years old and was born in Tampa, Florida. And he’s making an immediate impact with the Mets.
Last season, he played 132 games between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas. He batted .285 with 36 home runs. And he also made the prospects game that was held during last years All-Star weekend in Washington D.C. During the prospects game, Pete hit a ball so high and so far, some say it still hasn’t landed.
And who doesn’t love home runs? I think Pete is going to hit a lot of them, too. His first major league home run couldn’t have come at a much better time. He hit a three-run laser in the top of the 9th inning against Miami to go up by four runs. A very loud home run for someone’s first Major League bomb.
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 2, 2019
Pete has gotten off to a hot start to this season too. He’s batting .346 with one home run and seven RBI already. I understand it’s early, but he performed like this in spring training too. He batted .352 in 22 games with four home runs and 11 RBI. So, as far as we can see so far, his performance does not seem to be a fluke.
And if for some reason you still aren’t sold on Pete, he’s just an overall good guy. In an interview before Pete knew if he was going to make the team or not, he was quoted saying:
“I might cry if they give me the thumbs up, because it’s a lifelong dream. It’s something that, this is my livelihood, this life’s work. And to get the thumbs up, you’re a big leaguer, I don’t know, that’s surreal.”- via northjersey.com
He just is such an incredibly likable guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him while he was signing autographs at the Mets preseason practice at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. He was very appreciative of everyone coming out and seemed to be excited to be there and very social. I saw him taking selfies and having conversations with kids. And the best thing that I saw him do was when some kids didn’t have anything for him to sign, he would run into the batting cage, grab some baseballs, and bring him back and sign them for the kids. I love to see professional athletes like this. The just appreciate how lucky they are to be in the position they are in, and they appreciate all the fans that allow them to live their dream.
Hopefully, Pete can keep up his hot start, and in doing so, continue to be a fan favorite. He has definitely become one of my new favorite Mets, and he’s only been in the big leagues for about a week. I can’t wait to see how good he plays for the rest of the year, and I’m super excited about his future with the team.