Pete Alonso hits the monster mash. It went out in a flash.
It was a Wrigley smash; the record breaking bash.
The Polar Bear doesn't just break the Mets rookie home run record. He obliterates it. Home run #27 comes against old Mets antagonist Cole Hamels in the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the Cubs. He breaks Darryl Strawberry's club record in just his 77th game and 279th official at-bat of the season.
Drafted out of high school, Strawberry makes his major league debut at 21-years of age on May 6 against the Reds at Shea Stadium. He plays 122 games slashing .257/.336/.512, with 26 home runs and 74 RBI through 420 official at-bats earning him Rookie of the Year honors.
A college product, Alonso makes his MLB debut at 24-years old and is with the club since opening day. He's presently slashing .274/.362/.632, with 26 home runs and 60 RBI through 76 games and 277 at-bats, essentially bum rushing the Mets rookie home run record in 46 less games and 145 less at-bats than Strawberry. Darryl also had 48 extra base hits in all of 1983, while Alonso so far has already amassed 45 extra base hits.
Alonso surpasses the Dodgers Cody Bellinger's previous record for most home runs (25) prior to the all-star break. Pete has played in all but one of the Mets 77 games to date. With 85 games left in their regular season, Alonso is uniquely positioned to completely rewrite several more Mets records rookie or otherwise.
Who knew he'd break the record the very next day.
Go Polar Bear!