The Polar Bear Plunge: Pete Alonso Wins 2019 Home Run Derby

In an already phenomenal rookie season, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is now our home run king. 

After some serious struggles, Mets fans have not had a lot to be proud of this season. But through all the losses and disappointments, New Yorkers have been able to watch the rookie phenom Pete Alonso in absolute awe.

Through the first half of the season, the young first baseman has already slugged 31 homers and 68 RBIs, both of which are Mets rookie SEASON records. He has hit the second most home runs of any rookie EVER before the All-Star Game, only behind Mark McGwire’s 33 in 1987. Twice already he has won the NL Rookie of the Month. And on Monday night, the superstar rookie made his biggest mark on the league by winning the 2019 Home Run Derby. 

The stage was set for Alonso in Cleveland. Before his first All-Star Game appearance, “The Polar Bear” locked in the #2 seed in this year’s derby, only seeded behind Matt Chapman (the spot was initially slated for reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich, but he backed out of the competition due to a back injury.) 

Being the highest seed in his bracket, Alonso carried the advantage through the entire competition. In the first round, his opponent and hometown favorite Carlos Santana only hit 13 homers. Pete’s quick 14 stopped the round early and forced Santana out of the competition to the sound of hearty boos from the Cleveland faithful. 

Then again, Ronald Acuna Jr.’s 19 dingers were outdone by Alonso, who slugged his 20th home run over 450 feet as time expired. That performance propelled Alonso into the Finals where he met fellow rookie sensation Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (whom Sulla picked to win it all in yesterday’s Hit or Miss.)

The mini Guerrero set a derby record of 69 (nice) combined home runs through just the first two rounds, including a sensation battle between him and Joc Pederson that ended in multiple swing-offs.

Because he was the #8 seed to Alonso’s #2 seed, Guerrero Jr. kicked off the Finals and finished with 22 home runs. That gave him an astronomical 91, NINETY-ONE home runs on the night, another derby record. But with just over 20 seconds left on the clock, Alonso hit his 23rd home run of the round, which gave him the Home Run Derby crown.

Some say that Guerrero Jr. and his incredible 91 homeruns should’ve won the competition, but at the end of the day, the ferocious Polar Bear ended up taking home the trophy and cementing his name in the history books. From all us Mets fans: Long Live the King.

Photo Credit: Mets.com

Photo Credit: Mets.com

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