Baseball players are known to be a superstitious group. Whether it's a lucky bat or a favorite undershirt (or even underwear), when players find something that's working for them, they tend to stick with it. And if something's not working, they stay away from it.
Pete Alonso is no exception.
Appearing as a guest on the latest edition of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis, Alonso explained that he went through a bit of a slump following the All-Star Game.
Alonso, who went on to set a major league record with 53 home runs as a rookie, was looking for answers, and he found them, naturally, on Twitter.
It turns out, there was literally nothing on Earth that Alonso could have done to help himself out of his slump. The answer was in the stars.
"So I think there was like this three-week period after the All-Star Game where I was scuffling a little bit," Alonso explained. "It was the dumbest thing ever. As a baseball player you get superstitious just to find reasoning with something that can't be reasoned with. I saw something on Twitter, I was in a rabbit hole one night after the game, and it's like 'oh Mercury is (in) retrograde and if you are born in a certain month then it really affects you in a negative way in your performance at your job,' and I'm like 'Oh Mercury's in retrograde. It comes out of retrograde on this day. I can't wait for that.'
"That day was probably like five days away and then, lo and behold, that day that Mercury came out of retrograde I had like three hits."
In fact, in one of Alonso's postgame press conferences in August, he even mentioned that Mercury was out of retrograde to reporters, who didn't seem to bat an eye.
"The best part was that (Jacob deGrom), I think it was Jake, was pitching that day," added Davis. "So you know he's super competitive so he's just sitting there … and so we're just screaming and trying to get him to laugh, you know, 'Pete's back! Mercury's back (out of) retrograde! Mercury!'"
According to Smith and Davis, Alonso's astrological aptitude became a running joke for the rest of the season.
"I'm telling you, he came in the locker room screaming it," Smith said. "Mercury is out of retrograde! And we're looking around like what does that even mean? I'm confused. I have no idea what's going on. I was like 'Alright, well whatever, Pete's back,' and I'm telling you, he went off like I couldn't believe it. He hit a bomb and me and J.D. lost it, we just couldn't believe it.
"We kept screaming 'Mercury! Mercury!'"