Jeff McNeil said earlier on Monday that he was ready to be Pete Alonso's "hype man" during the Home Run Derby and he continued to hype Alonso up even after he had won.
McNeil was ecstatic for Alonso's feat, and while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. generated the most buzz during the Derby, McNeil made sure to stress this night belonged to his teammate.
"The show Vlad put on was pretty incredible, but I think Pete put on a better on," McNeil said.
McNeil marveled at how Alonso was one of the few hitters who utilized the whole field, too, especially out in center field.
"I think he was the only person consistently putting it in the trees, so that was fun to watch," he said.
Meanwhile, Mets teammates and others also celebrated Alonso's Home Run Derby title on social media:
Francisco Lindor came over to congratulate Pete 😂 pic.twitter.com/DrydmFCJh4- SNY (@SNYtv) July 9, 2019
Congrats Polar Bear @Pete_Alonso20 Doubled your salary tonight. 🤔- Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) July 9, 2019
PETE ALONSO !!! HR DERBY WINNER !way to go Pete!- Jim Breuer (@JimBreuer) July 9, 2019
❄🐻- DOMINIC SMITH (@TheRealSmith22) July 9, 2019
Congratulations to our @Mets #AllStar @Pete_Alonso20 for winning the 2019 #HomeRunDerby! Pete is donating a portion of his winnings to #Tunnel2Towers! You still have a chance to join his efforts and win Mets tickets and a Meet & Greet! https://t.co/pqjiporWKV- Tunnel To Towers (@Tunnel2Towers) July 9, 2019