New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso continues to break records left and right and this time, he’s securing an all-time franchise mark.
On Saturday, he tied the franchise record for most home runs in a single season with his 41st bomb of the year. The 24-year-old has a hard time finding words to describe the moment.
“It’s really hard to explain. It’s nuts. The way that, as soon as the ball left the bat, I knew it, and the fans just went absolutely nuts. It’s something you dream about as a kid. Surreal,” Alonso said via SNY. “It was a hell of an environment tonight, I mean that moment was extremely special. I couldn’t have dreamt it up any better.”
The righty slugger tied Carlos Beltran (2006) and Todd Hundley (1996) for the franchise mark. Of course, with more than a month left to play, Alonso is poised to shatter this mark.
Alonso has 100 RBIs in addition to his home runs. In a roller-coaster season for the Mets, the rookie has been a consistent producer in the middle of the lineup.
Although Alonso deserves all the rookie accolades coming his way, the main goal is to make the postseason. Entering Sunday, the Mets sat two games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second spot in the NL Wild Card.
New York will have a chance to pick up ground on Chicago starting on Monday. The Metropolitans will welcome the Cubbies to Citi Field on Monday for a pivotal three-game set.