Pete Alonso, Aaron Judge
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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge praises New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso after his record-tying home run.

On Friday, New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso made history. In the bottom of the first inning in a game against the Atlanta Braves, Alonso smacked an 0-1 pitch for a home run to left field.

It was Alonso’s 52nd bomb of the year, which ties the single-season rookie record.

That specific mark was broken by none other than New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge. The slugger set it back in 2017.

After the Bombers’ 14-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night, Judge was asked about the record-tying shot.

“No better person to share [the record] with. He’s eventually going to break it, I know that for sure,” Judge said.

“I’m happy for him. I got a chance to meet him this year and talk with him a little bit and there’s no better individual to represent not only the Mets but the city of New York. He’s going to do a lot of special things over his long career, so I’m excited for him. It’s just the beginning for him. This is the first of many records he’s going to break.”

The rookie record isn’t the only thing Alonso is chasing as the regular season comes to a close this weekend.

Alonso is additionally attempting to maintain his league lead in home runs. He leads that race by three heading into the final two games of the regular season.

Along with that, Alonso is simultaneously making a great case for this year’s National League Rookie of the Year.

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