The New York Mets played St. Louis Wednesday afternoon in Grapefruit League action. However, the big story was Pete Alonso, who was mic’d up by ESPN.
Pete Alonso and New York Mets fans have forged a special bond. It’s a love affair that began last season. As the slugger’s magical rookie season progressed, his personality started to emerge. He’s a fun guy who loves New York and at ease dealing with people. On, Wednesday fans got to see a little more of what makes him tick. ESPN had him mic’d for the Amazins exhibition game against St. Louis.
If you’ve heard about this part already, let’s address the elephant in the room. Alonso dropped an “F-Bomb” on live television. It’s not like a bunch of little kids were at home watching a spring training game on a school day. Needless to say, it was trending big on Twitter. While unfortunate, his language is not the point. His big personality is the point.
The swear word came out when St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader (a New York native) smiled at him as he entered the batter’s box. The two were teammates at the University of Florida. Alonso jokingly continued that if Bader made it to first base (where Alonso was playing today) he would “give him Hell.”
Not only was Alonso wired for sound, but he also had an ongoing dialog with the boys in the broadcast booth. Among the topics of conversation was the Florida vs. Florida State rivalry.
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Noting that ESPN’s game analyst Eduardo Perez went to FSU, the New York Mets first baseman told him that when he was coming out of high school, Seminoles legendary coach Mike Martin didn’t think Alonso was a good player.
During one segment when Mets catcher Rene Rivera threw out a runner trying to steal second base, Alonso gave a hysterical play-by-play recap. Another one had Alonso vehemently denying his dog Brody was named after Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
Postgame Alonso went to meet the press. According to Mets MLB.com beat writer Anthony DiComo, the presser turned into a discussion of the types of wine Alonso likes. Just his off-beat way of ending the day.
Alonso didn’t have to wear a mic today. He said he wanted to give the fans an inside look at the game. That’s the kind of good guy he is. Despite the use of foul language, Alonso mic’d up segments were very well received.