WATCH: Mets' Pete Alonso Makes MLB History With Rookie Home Run Record

John Healy
September 29, 2019 - 10:45 am
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There’s a new rookie home run king in town.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso blasted his major league-leading 53rd home run of the season on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves, breaking the previous rookie record of 52 set by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge in 2017.

Alonso, the National League frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, ripped a 1-2 fastball from Mike Foltynewicz 415 feet into the right-center field seats. He walked and stared at his moonshot before triumphantly raising his arms as he rounded first base.

The home run gave the Mets a 3-0 lead, which held as the final score.

Fans at Citi Field gave Alonso a curtain call upon his return to the dugout, and the first baseman was visibly emotional when he took the field in the fourth inning.

“To me, it just means so much,” Alonso told reporters. “I didn’t know I was going to be overcome with all that emotion. At that point, I might as well just let it out.”

Both Alonso’s parents were in attendance at the game to watch him achieve the record.

“When that ball was in mid-flight, it was all flashing in front of me,” Peter Alonso Sr. said, per the AP. “It was like an out-of-body experience.”

Alonso enters the final day of the season ahead of Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez for the league lead in home runs. No rookie has outright won that title since 1900.

He has already set franchise records for home runs, total bases and extra-base hits. His 120 RBIs and 102 runs scored make him the first Mets rookie to reach triple digits in each category.

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