Shortly after Pete Alonso matched Aaron Judge’s Major League rookie home run record on Friday night, Judge said in no uncertain terms that Alonso would soon stand alone atop the leaderboard. No matter that only two games remained in the season. Alonso’s reputation had reached the point that the record was going to fall, in Judge’s words, “for sure.”
Not 24 hours later, Alonso made good on that prediction in the Mets’ 3-0 win over the Braves at Citi Field. The presumptive National League Rookie of the Year launched his 53rd home run over the center-field fence to stand above every rookie in MLB history.
Aware as soon as he hit it that the ball was going out, Alonso walked slowly toward first base, then thrust both hands in the air as he rounded his bases. By the time he returned to the dugout, many of his teammates were outside of it waiting for him.
The most homers EVER by a rookie.
Take it all in, @Pete_Alonso20. pic.twitter.com/mfVA5UESx9
— MLB (@MLB) September 29, 2019