The New York Mets did it: they managed to develop one of the most feared home run hitters in the major leagues in Pete Alonso, a 25-year-old masher that will likely terrorize National League pitchers for years to come.
His rookie season was filled with highlights, even though the ultimate goal, which was to advance to the postseason, wasn’t met. Sometimes, it is difficult to explain these moments and the emotions they create. Alonso himself said at different points last season that he didn’t know how to explain them. After all, he made his big league debut, he broke the Mets’ franchise record for round-trippers, and he became the rookie with the most home runs in a single season with 53.
However, and thankfully, other people knew how to explain these iconic moments and put words on them. According to MLB.com, earlier this year, the Mets’ young slugger went for a car ride with comedian Jim Breuer, who played a series of radio highlights from Alonso’s rookie season for a video segment that launched on YouTube over the weekend.
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Alonso could listen to the radio calls of his first career home run, the one that broke the New York Mets’ franchise record (his 42nd) and his 53rd and final home run of the season, to overcome Aaron Judge’s 52 taters from the 2017 season.
“Last year was one of the greatest in history for baseball, for yourself, for the Mets, for just fans in general,” Breuer said. “You know what you did. But some of the excitement that you may not know about is a lot on the radio, Mets radio. To me, they’re some of the best broadcasters in the world.”
Alonso smiled as he heared the calls from WCBS 880 broadcasters Howie Rose and Wayne Randazzo.
“The whole season, you looked like you were in the greatest theme park in history, and you just couldn’t believe you had tickets to be there,” Breuer said. “You enjoy moments.”
“He was very down to earth, very grounded,” Breuer said. “I could not believe how humble, and the honest, good-spirited kid he is. He loves the game.”
Alonso confessed a few weeks ago that he often looks at highlights of the 2019 season with joy.
The ride with Breuer gave the young New York Mets’ star another chance to enjoy and savour those moments.
“To have that record, it’s crazy,” Alonso said. “But to be honest with you, I hope someone breaks it, because for me, I want someone to experience that.”