New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso feels like he represented the organization in a great way at the All-Star break.
On Monday, Alonso took home the Home Run Derby crown, ousting Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladamir Guerrero Jr. in the final round. Then, on Tuesday, Alonso went 1-for-2 in the All-Star Game. This included a two-RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to cut the American League lead to 4-3.
Despite the American League eventually winning 4-3 for their seventh-straight All-Star Game victory, Alonso still views the whole experience as unforgettable.
“That was awesome,” Alonso said after the game, per Alex Smith of SNY. “I came up in a big spot and I just wanted to do well, not just for the National League or for myself, but for the Mets as well. I thought this All-Star weekend was really awesome. I felt like I did a really good job of representing the New York Mets.
“If you would have told me that I would have went 1-for-2 with two [RBIs] and take home a Home Run Derby Championship, that’s a hell of a weekend. It’s just been a dream come true.”
Alonso was the first Mets player to win the Home Run Derby since the legendary Darryl Strawberry won it in 1986. He was also the first Met to have a multi-RBI performance in the All-Star Game since Lee Mazzilli. The retired outfielder/infielder did it in his lone All-Star Game appearance in 1979.
With that all said, Alonso knows who won the All-Star Break. He has no shame in giving the credit to himself for it either
"I feel like I won this weekend."
— SNY (@SNYtv) July 10, 2019
“I feel like I won this weekend, just by enjoying everything to the fullest,” Alonso said. “I’m just so thankful for the opportunity to be here. To be in this locker room is an incredible honor. I don’t know if this is going to be my only one. I just want to keep continuing to work hard and keep progressing because you never know when the game is going to be taken away from you.
“I’m just thankful for every opportunity and this has been an absolute fantasy come true. I can’t be thankful enough. I look forward to keep working hard and keep playing well.”