Pete Alonso
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New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso praises his team’s fanbase, calling them the “most loyal” in baseball.

Pete Alonso is enjoying a memorable rookie season thus far for the New York Mets. Along with hitting 30 home runs through the first half of the season, Alonso also won the Home Run Derby on Monday night.

Alonso has also won the National League Rookie of the Month twice this year, making a great case for him to win NL Rookie of the Year.

The 24-year-old will be participating in his first-ever All-Star Game on Tuesday night. It’s safe to say Alonso will have a busy time while in Cleveland for the All-Star Break festivities.

Ahead of his Home Run Derby victory on Monday, Danny Abriano of SNY was able to catch up with Alonso in Cleveland. Discussing numerous things, Alonso praised the Mets fans who’ve stuck with them through this tough season.

“I love the support the Mets fans give us and I think they’re some of the best fans in baseball because whether the team’s doing well or not doing well they’re still coming out to the games, Alonso said. “The amount of passion they have is unbelievable and I think they’re the most loyal fans in baseball because it’s very easy to hop on a bandwagon — we have the Yankees and they have 27 World Series. For people to stay true to the Mets and not deviate and waver, I think that’s a sign of loyal fans. Our fanbase is unbelievable.”

The passion and loyalty is no joke, either. The Mets will be in a bad position coming out of the All-Star Break. New York is currently staring at a record of 40-50.

They’re also 13.5 games out of first place in the NL East division. However, Alonso believes the fans will stick with the organization through thick and thin. This, despite if it’ll take a miracle for them to make a playoff run.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.