We’ve been at this for a while. When we started writing “Filling the Void” pieces, I don’t think we really knew what we were diving into. Within the first couple weeks however, we realized the importance of what we were trying to do. In a time during which live sports were canceled, on hold, or whatever you want to call it, we started exploring games, matches, and rounds of the past.
At first, it was all about what full games we could actually find. Then, as the breadth of what the world was facing came further into focus, leagues with strict copyright laws started loosening restrictions and more and more options landed on our list. Now, here we are, over 100 games later and still going strong.
Today: Pete Alonso smashes his 53rd home run of the 2019 season, beating crosstown rival Aaron Judge‘s rookie record of 52.
Pete Alonso brought two things to Queens in his first season as a Met. First, is the Rookie Home Run Record. Pistol Pete bashed 53 longballs this season, more than any other first year player in the history of the game. Secondly, Pete Alonso became the 2nd New York Mets to win the National League Rookie of the Year in the last decade.
Pete Alonso kicked the door down in April after the Mets made the right decision of putting him on the Opening Day roster. Smashing an incredible .292/.382/.642, with a 1.006 OPS, the Mets seemed to have found the home run hitter of the future on their doorstep.
While the Mets continued to disappoint throughout the season, the Flushing Faithful were given something to cheer for on a nightly basis. As the Mets fell from the wild card race, Pete Alonso found himself with 42 home runs and the chance to take a record from the Bronx.
With Aaron Judge‘s Rookie Record 52 Home Run’s looming in the distance, Alonso got to work.
In true Mets fashion, waiting until the second-to-last game, Pete Alonso broke Judge’s record, by sending an absolute moonshot to dead center field. In (another) season of broken promises and shattered dreams, Pete Alonso gave Mets fans something to cheer about, something to be proud about, and something to lord over Yankee fans for years to come.
Pete Alonso is the most prolific Rookie home run hitter to ever live, as of right now. And besides having his name in the record books, he’ll get some hardware to show off as well.
In a season filled with highs and lows, the New York Mets found their newest hero, and he brought the loudest, most powerful bat.
And Mets fans needed that in a big way. With all the hype surrounding this team and their offseason moves, the Mets were a massive disappointment. But this makes up for it a little bit.
Just a little bit…
So sit back, relax, and relive that magical night in Queens!
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