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NEW YORK – On a windy night at Citi Field, the ball flew off Pete Alonso’s bat. He watched and pleaded with it.“I talked to it,” he said, “and was like, ‘Stay fair,’ and it listened.”After a review, the umpires ruled it fair. Not only had he tied Tuesday's game, but he had also made history.He now has 16 home runs, more than any Mets rookie has tallied before the All-Star break. Ron Swoboda hit 15 first-half homers in 1965.
Alonso did it in 27 games. He has about a month and a half until the break.“It’s really humbling, it’s really cool,” Alonso said. “It’s not just that. All the success I’ve had, it justifies all the hard work I did to put myself in the position. Really grateful and humbled. Really thankful that the Mets gave me a shot at the beginning of the year, from the get-go. Without that opportunity, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now.”Furthermore, he’s been clutch for the Mets.Thirteen of his home runs have come in the sixth inning or later. Eleven have come in the seventh or later.
“He’s a great player,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “He’s a home run hitter. I haven’t been on a team with just a pure home run hitter in a long time. This guy is one of those. It’s like one of these throwback Mark McGwire-type guys. It’s unbelievable, this kid. And he comes to play every day.”The Mets brought Alonso to Citi Field with them out of spring training. Obviously, they knew he was good. But they also chose not to manipulate his service time like they could have.
They wanted him on the big-league club as soon as possible. He’s rewarded them. He won National League Player of the Month in April and has been a consistent threat in the lineup.The Mets hope it’s that way for a long, long time.More: Amed Rosario's hustle gives Mets walk-off win over NationalsMore: Todd Frazier responds in Adam Eaton feud: 'Pay off your mortgage'
On Monday, veteran Todd Frazier endorsed Alonso after the rookie hit his 15th homer. "I see a lot of potential, I see a guy with power, I see a guy that's got energy, just like myself coming up," Frazier said of Alonso. "I see a leader. I see a guy that'll eventually be a leader and playing here for New York for a long time."Alonso wants to terrorize opposing pitchers for years to come.“I want to feel dangerous in the box every single time I go up there,” Alonso said. “I want to, not just feel dangerous, I want to be dangerous as well. I want to be a tough out, no matter if I’m 3-for-3 or 0-for-3 at the time.”
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Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses Amed Rosario’s walk-off hit. Justin Toscano, Staff Writer
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