Two years ago Pete Alonso won the Home Run Derby and he defended that title by repeating that effort taking home the 2021 Home Run Derby crown. His ability to hit homers not feeling an ounce of pressure on this night was incredible to see as he is quickly emerging as one of the true stars in the game of baseball.
In the first round Alonso crushed 35 home runs which is a first round Derby record as he beat Salvador Perez who had a nice round of his own hitting 26 long balls. In the second round, Pete blew past Juan Soto to earn a spot in the finals against Trey Mancini who suffered with colon cancer last year making his performance inspiring to say the least.
Mancini crushed 22 homers hitting the ball deep with power to all fields but he was no match for Pete Alonso who defines this event using a calculated and intelligent approach to win it. This victory culminated a great 48 hours for the Mets who entered the All Star break with a solid NL East lead and then landed Kumar Rocker in the MLB draft and seem to be right on board for a contract agreement according to my sources.
Rocker’s agent Scott Boras seemed to think the Mets and his client are on the same page when he said, “There is an understanding among the participants about what he expects and what the Mets expect.”
And Pete Alonso’s repeat title in The Home Run Derby helped the star Met power hitting join in the great news of the past 48 hours. “This is everything I dreamed of as a kid”, said Alonso, ” and I am living in the moment right now.” The last week or two you could see Alonso getting his home run swing back as he finished the first half with a number of dingers giving him 17 homers and 49 RBI at the break.
And that power bat could make this Met team impossible to beat in the second half as the Met pitchers keep excelling game after game. Their 3.5 game lead in the NL East has been created with superb pitching and very little hitting but watching Alonso hit some dingers coupled with the return of injured Met players like Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto could make life real tough for the rest of the NL East.
On this night at Coors Field, you saw the power bat of Pete Alonso illustrated for the entire baseball world to see. And this came on a night when experts were expecting a Ohtani power party but Pete Alonso had other ideas. And that is important to note that Pete and his teammates have been ruining plans for most of the teams that they have faced whether it be an NL East counterpart, taking the season series from the high flying Padres orcarving up the Yankees in the Bronx edition of The Subway Series.
And Alonso had a night at Coors Field that reminded us of how much the Mets have taken this city and the baseball world by storm. He wanted to repeat and all we heard was how he would be unseated. And much like the Mets season to this point has shown us The Mets could care less what the experts say. They just perform and let others do the talking which they ignore just having fun playing the sport they love. And that is what we saw from Pete Alonso on this warm night in Denver.