Pete Alonso
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pete Alonso is consistently showing why he should be the New York Mets Opening Day first baseman.

When Pete Alonso was not added to the New York Mets Major League roster last September, he was greatly disappointed.

The 24-year-old prospect had an impressive season with the Mets’ AA Binghamton club before being promoted to AAA Las Vegas. There, he hit 21 home runs and drove in 67 runs in just 67 games.

A call up seemed inevitable. Instead, the Mets sent Alonso to the Arizona Fall League for more regular playing time.

When asked about the team’s decision Alonso replied:

I’m not going to lie, it’s really disheartening and disappointing because one of the things that people tell you is as long as you are successful, you’re going to be in the big leagues. It’s just one of those things where I understand it’s an organizational decision, and at the end of the day, I have to respect that. But it’s really disheartening because I feel like I’ve performed, and am deserving of a reward.

Fast forward six months and Alonso is again knocking on the door of the Major Leagues.

The team’s number one prospect is tearing it up in Florida. He’s hitting .414 with three doubles, three home runs and six RBI in the Mets’ first 10 Grapefruit League games.

He has even impressed the opposition. After hitting a mammoth homer against the Red Sox, Boston manager Alex Cora told the Boston Herald Alonso is “Probably the best hitter in Florida right now.”

The New York Mets have been crying out for a power hitting first baseman since Carlos Delgado retired ten years ago. Alonso is showing that he is ready to fill this role.

I am a life long Mets fan that has seen it all. From Beltran striking out with the bases loaded in 2006, to watching the Mets collapse and miss the playoffs by losing on the last days of the season in 2007-08 I have gotten used to the joy of being a Mets fan. Of course there has been some winning and hopefully there will be more to come. Mr. Met is a hero.