When I think of Pete Alonso, I think of two things. I think of big home runs and bromances with his New York Mets teammates.
Alonso has been one of the more talkative members of the Mets since his 2019 debut. It’s not necessarily a bad thing either. A bit corny at times, Alonso is without a doubt someone with wonderful leadership qualities.
His ability to connect with teammates is different from what we see on the baseball field. Unfortunately, it looks like all of his best bromances could be coming to an end.
The Mets are breaking up Pete Alonso his best bromance buddies
Yeah, breaking Alonso up from his bromance buddies might make the team better. It’s not a complaint. It’s just a sad ending to what we once thought was an already wonderful core in place.
Alonso’s best bromances have been the ones with Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith. McNeil’s dates back to their days together in the minor leagues. They climbed up together in 2018 and were joined again in 2019 when each got to play their first full big league season. The pair ended up representing the Mets in the All-Star Game, too.
Smith’s bromance with Alonso is quite different. Smith seemed to initiate it that same season when he became the Polar Bear’s biggest cheerleader. There was a question at the time as to how the Mets could possibly keep both first basemen on one roster. They’ve made it work, mostly with Smith playing far more left field than anything else.
Reaching a little further, it seemed like Alonso also had a good relationship with Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard. I wouldn’t classify those as bromances, though. That’s such a sacred and holy word. You don’t throw it out there unless you know for sure there’s a spark.
And despite the famous Alonso-Syndergaard chest bump, I’m not willing to sacrifice such an important part of our vocabulary to make it bromance-official.
The last three Mets seasons have included many of the same players but a constantly changing core. Introduced by SNY, the Cookie Club was one presentation that gave fans a way to get to know many of these guys better. Members included many of the names already discussed and yet another member of the Mets offseason trade block, J.D. Davis.
The Mets are changing for the better with new additions brought in this winter to provide the team with a little bit more of what Alonso gave them in 2019. While the chemistry between Alonso and many of his buddies was probably strong throughout the last few seasons, the performance wasn’t up to snuff.
Hopefully, as these bromances end, doors for new ones open up. Starling Marte can celebrate with Pete at home plate following a massive home run. Eduardo Escobar can acknowledge Alonso with a tip of the cap after a fine defensive play to help save the new Mets’ third baseman from making an error.
If there’s one important lesson I have learned in life it’s that bromances will come and go. Alonso has a big enough heart for new ones.