It took Pete Alonso 161 games to break the rookie home run record, previously held by cross-town rival Aaron Judge.
In a tumultuous season for the Mets, Alonso gave fans a reason to keep watching baseball, despite being mathematically eliminated from the postseason. Still, fans watched on as Alonso closed in on the record.
Home run 52 came in a meaningless game against the NL East champions on Friday night. And as Alonso stepped into the box for his second at-bat on Saturday night, he knew right away that he made history.
Tears flooded the rookie’s eyes as he threw his hands up and rounded the bases.
Along with the rookie record, Alonso leads the entire MLB in home runs this season. The first baseman has four more than Eugenio Suarez in the NL and six more than the AL leader, Jorge Soler. Since 1900, no rookie has won a home run title outright.
The 24 year old joins elite company as one of just nine players in the NL to ever hit at least 53 home runs.
Although the season didn’t end the way the Mets or fans wanted it to, at least Alonso gave us something to be excited about for years to come.
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