Remembering Mets History (2019): Pete Alonso Sets MLB Rookie Single Season HR Record

Saturday, September 28th, 2019: On this Saturday evening, in the next to last game of the New York Mets 2019 season, MLB history was made. 

Their young rookie Mets Pete Alonso put himself in the record books by hitting his 53rd HR of the season, the most ever by a rookie. The previous day Alonso had tied Aaron Judge's record of 52 HRs set in his rookie year of 2017.

Tonight, Mickey Callaway's Mets (84-76) hosted the NL East leading Atlanta Braves (97-63) in front of a large crowd of 32,210 who were mostly there in support of Pete Alonso & hoping to see him break & set a new record. 


 All the scoring came in the 3rd inning. The Mets' Todd Frazier singled & catcher Rene Rivera hit a two run HR. Playing just his ninth game of the year, it was his first of the year. 

Then Pete Alonso stepped in & launched his record 53rd HR over the right centerfield wall.

Pete carried the bat up the base line as he slowly walked & watched the HR officially go over the wall beyond a leaping Billy Hamilton.

The fans gave him a huge standing ovation as he rounded the bases raising his arms & acknowledging them for their support. As Alonso reached home plate, he was greeted by his team mates on his way back into the dugout. He waved his arms back to the fans & gave a sighing laugh of relief.


As he came back onto the field, the fans gave him a standing ovation again that lasted what seemed like a lifetime. Pete took the emotions in & lost it as he broke down. Quote a night for the young rookie.

Pete's mother & father were in attendance along with his fiancée Haley Walsh. They all got emotional & broke down in tears as well. His mother Michelle keeps her fathers (Pete's Grand Father) ashes in a locket she keeps with her. He always told Pete to keep swinging no matter what. 

Quotes- Pete Alonso: "It's surreal. It was almost like an out of body experience. Unbelievable moment. This is more than a dream. This is more than a fantasy. I can't put it into words."

The Mets went on to the 3-0 win.

 Steven Matz went six shutout innings allowing just two hits with seven strike outs, although he walked five. Jeurys Familia, Brad Brach & Edwin Diaz all pitched scoreless innings to close it out. For Diaz it was his 26th save. 

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