The What Have You Done For Us Lately? Crowd isn’t the sole property of New York, but it is everpresent and omnipresent when you set the bar as high as Pete Alonso did in his historic rookie season.
The bar is never lowered by the What Have You Done For Us Lately? Crowd. It stays open long after last call instead.
And it stayed open long enough for the Mets joint to toast Pete Alonso again.
Alonso lined a screaming 116.9 mph home run over the Justworks sign in left field off southpaw Daniel Castano in the third inning Saturday to turn a 2-1 lead into 4-1, and all was right in Metsville again, at least for one night.
It ended Mets 8, Marlins 4, after Jeurys Familia had taken a walk on the wild side in relief of poised rookie winner David Peterson in the sixth inning, and you began to wonder whether Alonso might have to bash 53 homers again in this 60-game sprint, until J.D. Davis’ three-run jack in the seventh put the pesky Marlins away.
Dominic Smith led the dance party in the dugout after a giddy Alonso had finished circling bases. His teammates knew that Alonso had been searching, in the video room and everywhere, really, for himself.