New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso ties a franchise rookie record with 26 home runs in a season Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Robby Sabo

Do polar bears hibernate? If so, they don’t take up the hobby during the summer and certainly say “no” if playing for the New York Mets baseball club.

Young Pete Alonso did it again on Saturday. Facing Chicago Cubs starter Jose Quintana in the first inning on Saturday, the Mets polar bear smacked his 26th home run of the season.

The moonshot at Wrigley Field ties a franchise single-season rookie record. Remember, it’s only June 22.

Alonso, 24, entered spring training with uncertainty clouding his future. The traditional front office move suggested the Mets keep him on the farm long enough so an extra year of service time is granted for the organization.

Brodie Van Wagenen opted to defy such a move and Alonso began the year with the big boys after frustration during the latter part of 2018 surfaced.

Through 76 games this season, Alonso’s batting .271 with 60 runs batted in and 49 runs to go along with his record-breaking 26 dingers.

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As far as the actual game is concerned, New York trounced the NL Chicago club 10-2, earning its second-straight victory on the north side.

Zack Wheeler took the opening ball from Mickey Callaway and relented just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out five Cubbies in seven innings. The righty picked up his sixth win of the campaign.

Elsewhere offensively, Jeff McNeil continued his pure hitting ways. His two hits helped produce three runs on the day. Wilson Ramos chipped in with his eighth homer of the season. Alonso’s first-inning bomb helped put the Mets up top early and they never looked back.

The New York Mets will look to make it three in a row and a 3-1 series win Sunday afternoon in Chicago. First pitch comes your way at 2:20 p.m. ET.

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