Pete Alonso talks Derby on the Red Carpet

Heidi Watney of MLB Network asked Mets rookie sensation on how it feels to be a millionaire after winning last night’s home run derby. Alonso replied, “It’s awesome but you can put it in the bank, or you can save it, or you can spend it. It doesn’t matter what, but I think the bragging rights are priceless. At the end of the day I’m a competitor and the money is nice but I would have done it with or without the money because at the end of the day, I wanted to be a champion, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s about the bragging rights, I’m forever the 2019 Home Run Derby champion.”

He added that he celebrated by going out with friends and family after the derby and that jokingly said that his neck is sore from carrying around the gigantic chain and pendant.

Watney then asked if he would be able to play at 100% after carrying around his trophy as well as swinging the bat constantly at the derby.

“I feel ready to go, I can’t wait to play today… it’s the All-Star Game, I didn’t even need a cup of coffee this morning, I’m so stoked.”

Watney asked who in the Mets clubhouse gave Pete the nickname “The Polar Bear” and Alonso responded with “It was Todd, he was just like ‘you look like a big ol’ Polar Bear’, that started in Spring Training and it just stuck with everybody.”

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