Pete Alonso: The on-field debut of new Mets mantra “LFGM”
Pete Alonso worked in many memorable moments into his magical rookie season in 2019, but he really started worming his way into the hearts of Mets fans when he tweeted his famous “LFGM” message in late July. The phrase went viral on Mets Twitter and all over social media, with fans quickly adopting “LFGM” into their own vernacular.
A few days later, the Mets were playing a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins on August 5. Alonso hit a go-ahead home run in the 7th inning in the second game of the twin bill, which put the Mets ahead for good en route to a two-game sweep. After the game, he was interviewed by Steve Gelbs, who asked him about the phrase he had coined. Alonso responded by, for the first time, uttering “LFGM” out loud in front of the Flushing Faithful.
I was at this game, and fans immediately began chanting “LFGM!” all the way out of the stadium and onto the train platforms after the game. Alonso was still just a rookie at that point, a couple dozen home runs away from making history, but he had already demonstrated a fiery leadership that Mets fans had not seen from a young player in quite some time.
Since that day, Alonso has continued to both preach and practice the #LFGM lifestyle at every turn. He works hard, hypes up the fanbase with every word he tweets, and has arguably the rawest power of anyone on the Mets. Alonso is everything you could want in a franchise player, and his rise to stardom all started with four simple letters.