Forget the individual accolades and personal recognitions. Pete Alonso just wants to win -- and do more of it sooner.
The rookie called Tuesday's game against the Padres "a must" win for the club. The Mets have lost four in a row and dropped five of their last six and find themselves three games under .500 (16-19) for the first time this season.
"This isn't about me and Chris Paddack. This is about the New York Mets versus the San Diego Padres," he said. "There's more to it than just a 1-v-1 battle, because this is a team effort. We got to get them tomorrow. It's a must. We need to win [Tuesday]."
Despite his rookie status, Alonso has quickly established himself as a presence in the Mets' locker room. He maintained an eye on a larger team goal instead of feeding Paddack more ammunition.
"If he was upset about [the NL Rookie of the Month Award], I'm assuming he could have been a little jealous," Alonso said. " ... Also, he said something about winning the Rookie of the Year. That would be nice, but I'm trying to win a World Series."