GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The New York Mets opened the season in Washington, so former Gators slugger Pete Alonso has yet to make his debut at Citi Field. That is not scheduled until Thursday, following a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami that starts Monday.
However, a small group of Mets fans at Nationals Park in Washington voiced their excitement over Alonso’s three-hit day Saturday with chants of “Pete A-lon-so!” New York’s rookie first baseman has four hits in his first two games in the majors and has already developed into a big story in the Big Apple.
Mets teammate Noah Syndergaard is already giving Alonso the nickname treatment and referred to Alonso Saturday as “Pistol Pete” and “The Polar Bear.”
“Trying to knock down outfield walls out there,” Syndergaard told The New York Times. “Just a lot of fun to watch out there.”
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— Mets fans are hungry for a good story and Alonso’s family history is exactly that. Alonso’s U.S. roots were planted in Queens by his late grandfather, Peter Conrad Alonso, who died in December at age 95