Pete Alonso already has a good idea what the celebration could be like if he is placed on the Mets roster this week, as expected.“I might cry if they give me the thumbs-up, because it’s a lifelong dream,” Alonso said Monday before the Mets beat the Orioles 9-7 in their Grapefruit League finale. “This is my livelihood, my life’s work and to get the thumbs-up, you’re a big leaguer, that’s surreal.”
Alonso may have to wait until Wednesday, by which time the Mets will have to set rosters, for the official word. But barring an injury between now and then, the slugging first baseman will almost certainly be wearing a Mets uniform Thursday for the team’s season-opener in Washington.
The 24-year-old Alonso didn’t just win a job this spring, he turned the decision into a no-brainer, slashing .352/.387/.620 with four homers, displaying steadiness at first base and impressing team officials with his hustle on the bases.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen has repeatedly said the Mets will not attempt to manipulate Alonso’s service time for an extra year of team control by keeping him in the minor leagues to begin the season if he has proven worthy of a big-league job.