New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso has only one plan for October: winning baseball games and ending the month celebrating at a World Series parade.
How can you not love Pete Alonso’s enthusiasm for life? The New York Mets first baseman slugged his way into our hearts in 2018 before even reaching the big leagues. In 2019, he dug in his claws and made a home in our aortas where he’ll stay—probably forever.
Heading into his second big league season, Alonso has some big goals. The most fun of all, the Polar Bear wants “to be on a parade float, drunk as hell.”
For clarification’s sake, Alonso isn’t talking about invading a holiday parade. He’s not going to show up on Thanksgiving dressed up in a red Santa Claus outfit. The new leader of the Mets is hoping to play baseball well into October and cap off another year with a championship.
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In an offseason with plenty of twists and turns, the Mets players have stayed positive throughout. It’s a nice attribute to have and while it’s not uncommon for most teams to feel like they can win it all before spring training action even begins, it’s a little different with this organization.
By the beginning of July 2019, it felt like the Mets were headed toward another fire sale at the deadline. A strong start in the second half changed things around and the team suddenly became one of the most competitive squads in the game.
The Amazins literally felt amazing. And while the momentum did eventually wear off, the positive vibes seem to have carried over into the offseason.
Baseball has been rocked this offseason by one of the biggest cheating scandals in league history. The Houston Astros have taken over many of the winter headlines. Unfortunately, the Mets got involved too because of the hiring of Carlos Beltran.
The dust has settled since. J.D. Davis and Jake Marisnick recently apologized for their involvement in the trash-can banging nonsense. All seems well down at St. Lucie with the reigning Rookie of the Year and Home Run Champion leading the charge with a positive attitude and big expectations for the coming season.
Along with a victory parade, the Polar Bear has some personal goals. They include plenty of home runs, a few more stolen bases, and improvements on defense.
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It’s only a matter of time before this kid is stamped with a C on his chest. It won’t stand for “Crusher of Baseballs” either although he’ll do plenty more of that in 2020 and beyond.