Pete Alonso hit his major-league-leading 50th home run of the season Friday, sending a towering two-run shot to deep right-center field in the eighth inning to help send New York to an 8-1 victory against the Reds in Cincinnati.
Alonso became the second rookie in major league history to hit 50 home runs and is just two shy of the mark set by the New York Yankees Aaron Judge who hit 52 in his first season in 2017. Alonso and the Mets have nine games left in the regular season.
"That's just mind-boggling to me," Alonso told SNY. "I'm a huge baseball fan. I've always been a baseball fan my entire life, and there's so many great players who played this game. It's just nuts -- it's just nuts to think about."