Mets rookie Pete Alonso has started the season on fire, going 9-for-22 with five extra-base hits and seven RBI in his first six games. And he is pumped to play his first game at Citi Field -- especially after what Michael Conforto told him.
"There's no better place to play, especially when Citi Field gets rocking," Alonso recounted to SNY's Steve Gelbs on Wednesday about what Conforto told him to expect.
And as far as the fan reaction when he gets introduced along the first base line -- as the No. 2 hitter, starting at first base -- during all the pomp and circumstance that comes with Opening Day, Alonso is ready.
"It's gonna hold a special memory in my heart for the rest of my career because it's my first home opener ever," he told SNY. "I can't wait to play in front of the fans in Queens. It's gonna be awesome."
Alonso added that he "can't really explain all the emotions" of his first week in the majors, and that the best way to describe it is as a "dream," noting that "being here just means the world. ... Not very many people get their shot, and I want to make the most of every second I'm here."
The Mets played a 6:10 p.m. game against the Marlins in Miami on Wednesday night -- a game time the Marlins set -- before having to fly back to New York for the home opener. They arrived at the ballpark around 2:30 a.m., and then had to travel home to sleep before a quick turnaround for Thursday's 1 p.m. game. Alonso isn't feeling the effects, though.
"I didn't need coffee this morning," he said before the game. "I'm really excited. Can't wait."