After the final piece of confetti fell Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, where the Kansas City Chiefs won 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl LIV, Mets 1B Pete Alonso took to Twitter with two thoughts in mind.
The first was that congratulations were in order for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the son of former Mets RHP Pat Mahomes (1999-00), who won Super Bowl MVP after leading Kansas City's comeback victory over San Francisco from down 20-10 with two touchdown passes in the final 6:13 of the fourth quarter.
The second was simple: It's officially baseball season.
Alonso, 24, is coming off a historic 2019 debut in which he slashed .260/.358/.583 with an MLB single-season rookie record 53 home runs and 120 RBI. His production earned him an All-Star selection and have the Mets hoping for another strong year when New York enters Year 2 with the star slugger.
Speaking last Saturday at Citi Field for Mets Fan Fest, Alonso was eager to arrive in Port St. Lucie, Florida, for Spring Training, which inches close with next Monday's pitchers and catchers report date.
"I love playing ball," Alonso said. "I feel like a little kid out there. It feels like home. I just love being at the yard. I love taking ground ball. I love hitting. I just love everything that has to do with baseball. Every time I step out on the field like preparing myself for spring training or every time I step into the weight room, it's like 'God, after this workout it's one more day closer, one more workout closer, one batting session closer.'
"I'm just really excited, and we're like, what, two weeks away? It's going to be a fun year and I'm just so excited. We've got such a great group, and we have some awesome additions. It's going to be awesome."