Pete Alonso could have had the day off Sunday. Instead, he wanted to face Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson and called manager Mickey Callaway Saturday night, pleading his case to be in the lineup.
Callaway desired to exercise caution toward his rookie first baseman, who exited Saturday's 10-2 loss in St. Louis after being plunked on the hand with a pitch. X-Rays confirmed that he was OK, and Callaway heeded Alonso's request.
The decision proved wise. Alonso blasted off to center field on an 0-1 offering from Hudson during his first at-bat of the afternoon. The ball traveled an estimated 444 feet and left the bat at 114.7 mph. He now has eight home runs on the season.
The University of Florida product had faced Hudson -- a Mississippi State foe -- four times during their college days and came away hitless. He walked in his second at-bat against Hudson.
"Dakota, he got me pretty good in college and when we played in the Cape (Cod League)," Alonso said after Sunday's 6-4 loss. "He's a really good pitcher. I've seen him before and I really wanted to play today because I kind of faced him previously, I faced him all three years playing in the SEC, so since college, I've got a pretty good scouting report and I'm happy I was in the lineup today."
And if it was revenge Alonso sought, he got 444 feet of it.
He would not be alone in going yard Sunday. Mets starter Noah Syndergaard may not have fared well on the mound, but his one of the weirder home runs you'll see. The ball hit off St. Louis center fielder Dexter Fowler's glove and landed over the wall for a solo shot and Syndergaard's fifth career homer and first since Aug. 16, 2016, against Arizona.
And Michael Conforto added another solo homer in the seventh inning.