April 12, 2021

Ready and Waiting | Baseball Essential (Baseball Essential)


As of May 1, 2020, the “Polar Bear” Pete Alonso is on pace to hit 57 home runs this season.

After showing baseball fans his strength by winning the 2019 Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities and then leading the majors by hitting a new record 53 home runs in his rookie campaign (gaining him the Rookie of the Year Award, of course), the 25-year-old New York Mets slugger is proving to be a force to be reckoned with, far from the “flash in the pan” of many previous winner of that award (the Royals’ Angel Berroa comes to mind, bless his heart). Pushing the Mets to a 17-14 record — after a frustrating 0-3 start to the season, the Amazins’ just rallied off six consecutive wins — the pundits’ predictions of progression for the young Mets roster may prove positive.

Often quoted sharing his joy for — and devotion to — being a member of the Mets, Alonso is an avid fan’s delight: articulate, enthusiastic, young, strong, ever-improving, unafraid of the challenges ahead, and clearly putting his money where his mouth is. With 11 home runs in April — after a mere 34 games played — Alonso is poised to hit his stride as the season progresses. Going into another…

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