After taking home the Home Run Derby crown in unforgettable fashion last year, Pete Alonso decided to one-up himself. Alonso clubbed 35 first-round home runs, the most ever in a single round, and the third-highest total in Derby history behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (40) and Joc Pederson (39).
It was enough for Salvador Perez and his truly impressive display — 28 home runs was the second-best total of the night at that point and would have won any of the other matchups — to become a thing of the past. Most people were still wondering how the heck Alonso had blasted 35 legitimately jaw-dropping home runs to even pay full attention to the poor Royals backstop.
Alonso's performance didn't stop there, either, with an absolutely awesome post-round interview. Among his quotes:
— "I am the bar. I am the standard."
— On if he was locked in: "Oh yeah."
— "I'm just living in the moment right now."
And, most importantly, there was an homage to "The Office" in there as well.
The MLB Twitterverse was in awe of the absolutely amazing performance.