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Friday, September 06, 2019

Never Mind He’s on the Mets. Pete Alonso Is the Happiest Man in Baseball

Pete Alonso has lived in the city only since April, but he’s already driving like a New Yorker. He easily merges his Lexus SUV into traffic on the FDR Drive and navigates the narrow lanes. He swings calmly off the RFK Bridge onto the Grand Central Parkway. When a teenager threatens to dart in front of the car near Citi Field, Alonso shakes his head and laughs. “Don’t do it, man! Don’t do it!” (The kid does not.) Alonso is 24. He seems older as he asks three preteen autograph hounds why they’re not in school, but younger as he begins enumerating the things he likes about his life in 2019.

He likes that he has driven this route to Citi Field so many times that he knows the way without GPS. He likes that in a few days he will climb onto a team plane bound for yet another major league city. He liked hauling boxes into the Upper East Side one-bedroom he shares with his fiancée, Haley Walsh, because it meant he was home. He likes pitching changes, because he can practice taking a secondary lead off first base (which still amuses his teammates). He likes social media, unlike most in the public eye, because of all the encouragement he gets. He cannot immediately think of a curse he can’t turn into a blessing.

Occasionally this drives his teammates crazy. Alonso related a scene from an August game against the Indians during which the Mets endured two rain delays. The first, at two hours and 28 minutes, clocked in at a minute shorter than that afternoon’s Cubs-Giants tilt. The second began at a quarter to midnight. As his teammates sat at their lockers, calculating the hours of lost sleep, Alonso delivered a call to arms. “First and third, bottom of the eighth!” he roared. “We’re going to step on their neck when that tarp comes off at 3 a.m.!” (As it turned out, the game was called, with the Mets ahead 2-0, at 12:23.)

The averageness of New York’s record (71-68 as of Sept. 5; four and a half games out of a wild-card spot) may mask the season’s extreme highs (a 15-1 run, a batting-title bid from utilityman Jeff McNeil) and lows (six straight home losses in August with a playoff spot in the balance; starter Jason Vargas, now in Philly, threatening a reporter to a fight). Whatever, though, comes of the season, it is likely to be remembered as the year the Polar Bear planted his size 13 feet firmly in Flushing.

So, who’s the unhappiest man in baseball?

 

QLE Posted: September 06, 2019 at 07:17 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: September 06, 2019 at 09:26 AM (#5877074)
Alonso - who is all-around awesome - isn't even the happiest Met.

that would be Brandon Nimmo, who sprints to first base on a walk like no one since Pete Rose.

but Rose was burning off - well, let's just say, intensity.

Nimmo's goofy grin tells you he's just a kid from Wyoming who can't believe he gets paid to play baseball - and in the Big Apple, no less.
   2. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 09:30 AM (#5877076)
He swings calmly off the RFK Bridge onto the Grand Central Parkway.


What the hell does this writer know? She misspelled "Triboro."
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: September 06, 2019 at 09:56 AM (#5877086)
gotta let that grudge go, Charlie.

and don't jump off the Mario Cuomo Bridge to the north over it, either.

:)
   4. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5877093)
Howie, I'll meet you on the Avenue of the Americas later...
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 10:13 AM (#5877097)
gotta let that grudge go, Charlie.

and don't jump off the Mario Cuomo Bridge to the north over it, either.


Nope, Charlie is right. It's still the 59th St. Bridge, too.

Howie, I'll meet you on the Avenue of the Americas later...

Exactly.
   6. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 10:14 AM (#5877098)
Nope, Charlie is right. It's still the 59th St. Bridge, too.


I love this guy!

I'm feelin' groovy. How 'bout you?
   7. Hot Wheeling American Posted: September 06, 2019 at 10:41 AM (#5877104)
Having grown up in the shadow of the Tappan Zee Bridge, it'll forever be difficult to call its replacement by its new name. But at least it's a new bridge! I can't accept new names on existing bridges.
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:16 AM (#5877110)

Nope, Charlie is right. It's still the 59th St. Bridge, too.

I've always called it the Queensboro Bridge.
   9. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:34 AM (#5877118)
I've always called it the Queensboro Bridge.


Oh, you're so young...
   10. Adam Starblind Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:47 AM (#5877122)
We discussed on here before that of all the name changes, only Interboro Parkway --> Jackie Robinson Expressway is legit.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:56 AM (#5877126)
Howie, I'll meet you on the Avenue of the Americas later...


Exactly.

I'll never understand the devotion to the ordinal between fifth and seventh by a group of people who willingly abandoned Idlewild, one of the smoothest words in the English language, for one more thing named after the 35th president.

   12. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:56 AM (#5877127)
Interboro Parkway --> Jackie Robinson Expressway is legit.


That's the one I can get behind.

And if they ever rename that stretch in front of Trump Tower, like they've been talking about...
   13. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 11:58 AM (#5877129)
I'll never understand the devotion to the ordinal between fifth and seventh by a group of people who willingly abandoned Idlewild, one of the smoothest words in the English language, for one more thing named after the 35th president.


Fella from Bawston has a pernt...
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: September 06, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5877130)
Fella from Bawston has a pernt...


Just SoSH Sr. I'm another who grew up not far from the Tappan Zee Bridge.

   15. Howie Menckel Posted: September 06, 2019 at 12:05 PM (#5877132)
Having grown up in the shadow of the Tappan Zee Bridge

. I'm another who grew up not far from the Tappan Zee Bridge.

hell, I grew up in TAPPAN a few miles south (which is pronounced differently than the old bridge name)

TAP-pan Zee Bridge
Tap-PAN
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 12:56 PM (#5877144)
hell, I grew up in TAPPAN a few miles south (which is pronounced differently than the old bridge name)

TAP-pan Zee Bridge
Tap-PAN


Fine, we'll comprise, the new bridge is the Tap-PAN Zee.
   17. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 01:04 PM (#5877150)

Oh, you're so young...

I wish...they were calling it the "Queensboro" at least as far back as "The Great Gatsby", which was written in 1925.
   18. Srul Itza Posted: September 06, 2019 at 01:40 PM (#5877167)
I'm another who grew up not far from the Tappan Zee Bridge.


From Rockland, myself. Crossed it many times. Always made me nervous, for some reason. Not a bridge or a route I liked.
   19. Srul Itza Posted: September 06, 2019 at 01:42 PM (#5877168)
they were calling it the "Queensboro" at least as far back as "The Great Gatsby", which was written in 1925.


Because that's its name.

It's just not what most people in Manhattan call it. At least, when I lived there 3 decades ago.
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 01:47 PM (#5877172)

Because that's its name.

It's just not what most people in Manhattan call it. At least, when I lived there 3 decades ago.


People generally don't care much about official names, they call it what they like. And Simon and Garfunkle are Queens boys, and they called it the 59th St. Bridge.
   21. Brian Posted: September 06, 2019 at 02:21 PM (#5877186)
I didn't grow up close to thhe Tappan Zee Bridge (Closer to the Lincoln Tunnel than any bridge) but I've lived just North of the TZ for 30 years. It will NEVER be called the MC bridge by locals.
   22. Karl from NY Posted: September 06, 2019 at 02:30 PM (#5877190)
We discussed on here before that of all the name changes, only Interboro Parkway --> Jackie Robinson Expressway is legit.

Is that because only white cars were allowed on the parkway before Jackie?
   23. Karl from NY Posted: September 06, 2019 at 02:34 PM (#5877193)
And it's the 59th St Bridge, definitely. Queensboro is a bad name because it's too close to "Triboro" which also goes to Queens.

And I was once talking with a thickly accented co-worker, who was saying how he used to live near the Trapezoid Bridge. "The what? ... oh you mean the TAPPAN ZEE bridge."
   24. SandyRiver Posted: September 06, 2019 at 02:47 PM (#5877198)
I didn't grow up close to the Tappan Zee Bridge (Closer to the Lincoln Tunnel than any bridge) but I've lived just North of the TZ for 30 years. It will NEVER be called the MC bridge by locals.

Guv'ners come and guv'ners go, but short of a catastrophic earthquake or another ice age, Tappan Zee ain't goin' nowhwere.

Fine, we'll comprise, the new bridge is the Tap-PAN Zee.

aka kettledrum?
   25. manchestermets Posted: September 06, 2019 at 03:29 PM (#5877209)
My dad still calls Manchester Piccadilly rail station London Road station.

Anyway, I've just noticed that Alonso has the same number of homers, the same number of triples and the same number of doubles as Mike Trout right now. Trout has one extra single. Oh, and 46 extra walks, but the extra base hits thing is interesting.
   26. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 06, 2019 at 03:50 PM (#5877220)
My dad still calls Manchester Piccadilly rail station London Road station.


Human's don't like renaming things. Sailors have long considered changing a ship's name to be highly unlucky.

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