Mets 1B Pete Alonso joined former Yankee and current MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez on the latter's Instagram Live on Sunday to jump into a bunch of different topics.
Here's the best of what the reigning NL Rookie of the Year and former MLB MVP discussed...
Pete has been kayaking during self-isolation
The main question all ballplayers are getting lately is what they're doing to pass the time during self-isolation, as coronavirus prevention continues throughout the country. For Alonso, he got ahead of the curve before the mandates went into effect, and purchased a couple kayaks for himself and his fiancee, Haley, to use while they stay at their condo in Tampa.
"So thankfully our condo in Tampa is by the water, so we actually bought some quarantine kayaks and we've been going out, been loading the kayaks in the truck," Alonso said. "I like being out on the water. You're not by anybody, so we're just launching the kayaks and kinda cruising around."
But, of course, Alonso is trying to stay prepared for the season whenever it comes around.
"I've been hitting as much as I could," he explained. "Lifting, running. Just trying to stay in as much of baseball shape as possible, but it's gorgeous weather in Florida right now so trying to soak it all up as much as possible."
When he gets time to sit around, Alonso says he's been watching the Netflix docuseries Tiger King as well.
Alonso is also finding more time for another passion of his: cooking.
"I've been doing a lot more cooking. I love to cook," said Alonso. "You know just as good as anybody that cooking during the season is not really that feasible."
So, with the down time, Alonso said he's been cooking as much as he can. What is he cooking? He said he was firing up some steaks after the IG Live, but BBQ is also high up on his list.
Pete was a big Piazza fan growing up
Rodriguez was curious about Alonso's MLB inspiration growing up, and a certain Hall of Fame Met made his list immediately...
"Loved Mike Piazza. I had his jersey when I was younger," he said.
Pete Alonso had a Mike Piazza jersey as a kid 💙🧡 pic.twitter.com/XKzNplz4Vo- SNY (@SNYtv) March 29, 2020
Pete knew he made it when...
For someone that has hit 53 homers to break the rookie record and earn the Rookie of the Year award, Alonso must've felt like he made it after the season. But Rodriguez asked when he felt that during the season, and Alonso's answer was a lot earlier than you think...
"I think it was the last day of opening weekend. Anthony Rendon said, 'Alright, there's no moon league. You're not going to get a call and go up to Mars. This is it,' " Alonso said.
Pete on what he wants to do when he retires
Rodriguez wanted to know where Alonso saw himself when he was his age, and Alonso was very family-oriented in his answer...
"By that point, I feel like I want to be there for my kids because I want to play till I'm 40 or as close to 40 as possible. And I know that during the early stages of my kids' life, it's going to be tough for them to understand 'Why is Daddy gone so much?' I just want to be a good dad… Hopefully I can do a lot more coaching than playing."
Pete Alonso says he wants to play baseball until he's 40. Once he hangs up the cleats?- SNY (@SNYtv) March 29, 2020
"By that point, I'd want to be there for my kids. I just want to be a good dad" pic.twitter.com/QfbgJkjBWb