Pete Alonso hit a total of 74 homeruns on Monday night, as he repeated as the Home Run derby winner at the Major League All-Star game festivities in Denver, Colorado.
With New York Mets bench coach, Dave Jauss, throwing prefect batting practice pitches hitting the same spot over and over, Alonso first took down Kansas City Royals catcher, Sal Perez.
“The Polar Bear” hit a record setting 35 homeruns to get his night started in a thunderous way.
“For me, I think I’m the best power hitter on the planet” Alonso said.
If his first round performance wasn’t already an indicator that Pete was locked in, his between rounds interview certainly was. Pete joined the MLB network crew as Perez took his cuts. The guys asked Alonso a series of basic interview questions. The normally well spoken Alonso, who usually has plenty to say, answered with short and direct words. His eyes, wide open.
While other players were there to have fun first, Alonso was there to do the work. He was there to win!
NBC Sports reports “With custom bats in the Mets’ royal blue and orange, and matching shoes and batting gloves, Alonso was a human bobblehead, nodding on beat in the batter’s box as he stepped out and danced. He motioned with his arms to whip up fans during a timeout.”
After Perez, Alonso faced Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals. Soto had an epic 2 overtime battle with superstar Shohei Ohtani. Soto managed 15 homers in round two, but was obviously spent after round one. Pete hit long enough to beat Soto’s total, and was certainly feeling the groove.
Next up, Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles. With both crowd favorites Trevor Story and Ohtani out of the competition, the crowd rallied behind Mancini. Mancini missed all of last season, as he dealt with stage 3 colon cancer.
With a playlist of music pumping through the stadium featuring NYC artists like Nas, Mobb Deep and The Notorious B.I.G, Alonso walked off as champion, hitting the final 6 homers in a row, following his time out.