Pete Alonso breaks Mets single-season home run record
Pete Alonso made history with his 42nd home run Tuesday — a new single-season Mets record.
The blast came on Yu Darvish’s first pitch of the bottom of the fourth, a 407-foot opposite field shot that gave the Mets a 1-0 lead over the Cubs at Citi Field.
He broke the mark shared by Carlos Beltran (2006) and Todd Hundley (1996). And Alonso did it with 31-plus games left to play in the regular season, one that has already seen plenty of home run records fall.
“To me, he’s more than a power hitter, he’s a pure hitter,” Hundley said in a statement. “I have seen five or six of his games and he keeps getting better and better. He has just had a tremendous year. Congrats, Pete you deserve all the records you have broken.”
Said Beltran: ”It’s a pleasure to have a fine young player break my record. I have not met Pete personally but people have told me he plays the game with passion and doesn’t give up on any at-bat. He has had great success in his first year. Again, my congrats, Pete.”
After Alonso crossed home plate, he saluted the fans and came out for a curtain call with Michael Conforto at the plate.
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