The moment Pete Alonso knew he could break rookie HR record

It was Aug. 18 when it hit Pete Alonso. He had a shot at historical past, at turning into the sport’s all-time main residence run hitter as a rookie.

“I think it really set in after I hit No. 40 in Kansas City, where it’s like, ‘Holy s–t, I got a chance at this,’ ” he recalled on SNY’s “The Cookie Club” Mets podcast on Wednesday.

As a lot as Alonso wished the record — which he achieved final Sept. 28, when he went deep for the 53rd time, breaking Yankees slugger Aaron Judge’s record of 52 set in 2017 — he refused to simply search for the lengthy ball. The Mets had been nonetheless within the wild-card race.

“If there’s a guy on second, I got to try and get a base hit and move him over,” he mentioned. “I can’t simply attempt to hit homers. I received to be a very good hitter first. Chasing a private accolade and chasing a playoff berth I really feel like these are two completely reverse [things]. It’s a battle of curiosity, as a result of one may be very, very private and the opposite factor is extraordinarily team-related. For me, I attempted one of the best that I could to be only a nice workforce participant.

“Just staying within myself helped me get that chance to hit 52 and 53.”

Alonso hit his 50th on Sept. 20, however just one over the subsequent six video games. He was admittedly urgent. Before that weekend collection in opposition to the Braves, Alonso spent further time finding out their pitchers, as much as 90 minutes per evening, though he had seen them so many occasions through the season.

“It was very impressive, because you couldn’t even tell outside the field that he was trying to accomplish history,” Dominic Smith mentioned on the podcast. “I think that’s what makes him great and that’s why people gravitate to him. He’s just a great dude and that whole run was awesome. I had fun from the first home run to the last.”