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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: First Responders and members of the New York Mets stand during a moment of silence in honor of the 18th anniversary of the Semptember 11th terror attacks in 2001 prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 11, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: First Responders and members of the New York Mets stand during a moment of silence in honor of the 18th anniversary of the Semptember 11th terror attacks in 2001 prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 11, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets looks on wearing first responder caps in honor of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 11, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Pete Alonso

We all saw Pete Alonso coming. Who knew he would be this outstanding right away? The Mets have had their share of talented first basemen with Keith Hernandez as a favorite choice at the number one spot. This may change in the coming years.

Alonso went out and did things no Mets player has ever done before. He set a new franchise home run record in his first year and slugged his way into our hearts. The only way he doesn’t end up in the top 30 is if he doesn’t play. This kind of cataclysmic event is unlikely to occur thanks to modern medicine and the affordable contract Alonso will earn for at least a few more seasons.

When I put together my list of the 30 greatest in team history, I did more than look at numbers. I also factored in the player’s personality and what they meant to the city. Alonso has the personality to succeed anywhere he plays. By defying MLB’s approval during the 9/11 game this year and wearing custom cleats paying tribute to first-responders, Alonso showed us the most important part of playing a big-league sport: understanding the situation.

You can love Alonso for a myriad of reasons which don’t extend beyond the stat sheet. Fortunately, the Polar Bear is doubling down. He looks awesome from all angles. There is no doubt in my mind he will eventually find his way onto future lists like this.

The Mets have had their share of awesome rookie seasons. No position player has ever done anything close to Alonso.

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