PORT ST. LUCIE — Fifty-three home runs later, Pete Alonso returned to spring training Saturday with a different top priority than a year ago.
It’s no longer about trying to prove he belongs in the major leagues or win a job with the Mets, as was the case last spring when he arrived to camp as a non-roster invite. After leading MLB in homers, establishing a rookie record in the process, Alonso wants the biggest prize.
“I want to be celebrating on a parade float, drunk as hell, that is the goal,” Alonso said at Clover Park. “I want to be having good times with everybody celebrating, holding up a trophy. There’s so many people that work hard and there’s so many of my teammates that work hard and also the fans deserve that as well. We are going to work as hard as we can, and we’re going to push to make it happen.”
Alonso won the NL Rookie of the Year award convincingly, receiving 29 of 30 votes after displaying a kind of raw power seldom seen. Along the way, he shattered the franchise record for homers, previously shared by Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran at 41. Alonso hit No. 53 on the final weekend of the regular season to break the rookie record Aaron…