If Pete Alonso wants to get back to what made him a record-setting power hitter in 2019, Thursday’s spring training game was a good start.
Alonso, who set the rookie record with 53 dingers two years ago, flexed that muscle against the Nationals, belting a no-doubt grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead with one swing of the bat.
Alonso took the first-pitch fastball from Cole Henry and sent it over the wall in right field. The ball left Alonso’s bat at 112.6 mph and traveled 428 feet.
The homer was Alonso’s first hit in three at-bats on Thursday, and first of his spring training. And even better? Look at about the :15 mark of the video, and notice that the youngster who retrieved the HR ball...was held up by a man (probably his pops?) rocking a WFAN T-shirt!
WFAN and Pete Alonso, both huge in Port St. Lucie.
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