A wide grin spread across Pete Alonso‘s face as he rounded first, staying there for most of his trip around the bases. Alonso thrust both hands into the air, clapped his hands and celebrated with his teammates. Then he emerged from the dugout once more for a curtain call.
Earlier this week, when asked about the possibility of hitting as many home runs as any rookie in Major League history, Alonso described the idea as “super, incredibly, amazingly awesome.”
Alonso’s 52 home runs also top the Major Leagues, giving him a chance to become the first rookie in baseball’s modern era (since 1900) to lead the Majors outright. Two others, Brooklyn’s Tim Jordan in 1906 and Oakland’s Mark McGwire in 1987, tied for the MLB lead in homers.