Alonso is a household name now, but just a year ago, he had to fight for a spot on the opening day roster.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBSNewYork) — Things are really starting to heat up at spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Mets position players reported to camp Saturday, and that meant the arrival of Pete Alonso, CBS2’s Otis Livingston reports. He’s a household name now, but just a year ago, he had to fight for a spot on the opening day roster.
Alonso got reacquainted with his teammates and coaches after a long winter, fielding and taking batting practice under the watchful eyes of Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.
All eyes will be on Alonso this year to see if he can duplicate his breakout rookie season, when he hit 53 homers, breaking Aaron Judge’s Major League rookie record of 52.
He says he looks forward to the challenge.
“I want to keep pushing and get better. I don’t wanna feel complacent or comfortable because I wanna be the best version of myself every single day. I wanna get the most out of what god has given me,” Alonso said.
While the individual accolades are nice, Alonso is and always has been a team guy, looking for the ultimate success.
“There’s one goal and that’s to win the World Series. I want to be celebrating on a parade float, drunk as hell, celebrating with my boys. Like, that’s the goal. I wanna be having good times with everybody, celebrating, holding up the trophy,” he said.
It’s his first day at camp and @Pete_Alonso20 is already punishing baseballs. ❄️
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