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.”

All-Star Media Day: Pete Alonso

On Monday morning and afternoon, Major League Baseball held an “All-Star Media Day” in Cleveland and it seemed like there were hundreds of reporters getting the chance to ask the All-Stars their questions.

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso took some questions and here’s what he had to say to reporters.

“Well, I guess like hard work, determination and belief in yourself. I mean, if you believe something and you work for it, I mean the sky’s the limit and for me, I see myself as just a kid, you know? To get here just justifies all the hard work, preparation and all the hardships I had to go through in my career and for me, I just feel really blessed to be here. I’m really happy that I’ve been able to perform at a high level and I just want to keep continuing that, not just here but throughout the season. I’m just very blessed and really thankful that I started the year here up in the big leagues. The Mets didn’t necessarily have to do that and to me, I’m just really grateful to have this wonderful opportunity, I’m just to make all the people that gave me the thumbs up, I’m just looking to make those people proud and prove them right.”

He continued by saying “I think I got the best job in the world, I’m really appreciative and I just feel blessed every single day. I almost don’t need a cup of coffee to wake up in the morning, I’m just genuinely excited to go to the yard everyday, it’s like I love what I do, I love the support the Mets fan give us. I think they’re some of the best fans of baseball because whether the team’s doing well or not doing well, they’re still coming out to the games. The amount of passion they have is unbelievable and I think they’re the most loyal fans in baseball because it’s very easy to hop on the bandwagon, we have the Yankees and they have 27 World Series’ and for people to stay true to the Mets and not deviate and waiver, I think that’s a sign of loyal fans and our fanbase is unbelievable and I want to be able to show them how much I appreciate them and them being loyal and as passionate as they are, so that kind of helps as well.”

Alonso also spoke on how he was disappointed but humbled that players like Paul GoldSchmidt and Joey Votto weren’t elected or invited to the game because of how much of an influence they are on the young first baseman.

He added that he loved watching the London Series and is excited about the expansion of Major League Baseball to different countries. A reporter than asked if he would like to play in China as apart of similar series and Alonso said that he’s never been anywhere in Asia, however he would love it.

The same reporter referenced how Citi Field is close to many restaurants and Alonso replied, “Chinese food in New York is amazing, I can only imagine Chinese food in China is better so I love Chinese food. That’s definitely one of the go-to meals.” I personally found this part of the interview to be extremely enjoyable.