Pete Alonso said after making his big league debut on Thursday and getting his first hit that it felt like a gorilla, not just a monkey had been lifted off his back.
"It was really special. It felt like I was walking on clouds out there," Alonso said about a debut where he went 1-for-4 with an eighth inning single. "That was the most excited I've ever been to play a game before."
The single Alonso got in the eighth inning put runners on first and second, and Robinson Cano followed by lining an RBI single to left field to increase the Mets' lead to 2-0.
Throughout the game, Alonso was so caught up in the moment that he couldn't even answer a question afterwards about whether it was easier or harder to play a game while that excited.
"The game just went by so fast, I can't even remember, honestly," he said. "I wish I could tell ya."
The 24-year-old Alonso struggled against Max Scherzer, striking out twice and grounding out to the left side. And he admitted he was a bit amped up saying "Anything that looked close I was gonna take a big old hack that first pitch."
"We gotta beat Scherzer or a guy like Scherzer in order to come out on top at the end of the year," Alonso said about what the team needs to do this year. And after getting his hacks against Scherzer and notching his first hit off Nats reliever Justin Miller, Alonso is relieved.
"Now we go," he said. "Now we can play and have some fun."