Pete Alonso: Itching to play but aware times are ‘unprecedented’
“It’s a very unique and rare moment,” Alonso told me. “Basically, I just tried to roll with the punches and play the hand that was dealt and try to make the most of the situation and try to stay as positive and go for it ‘before.”
Many scenarios on how the Major League Baseball returns have been discussed.
In one of these scenarios, the teams return to their spring training locations in Arizona and Florida and play the season in these two locations. Alonso says he is everything for everything that brings players back to the field safely.
“These are very strange and unprecedented moments and whatever the league and I guess the officials, whatever they can do, because without the government officials giving the green light or the green light, it’s going to be difficult to have a season, “said the star.
“I guess we need things to go out and we have to keep waiting as long as possible because at the end of the day, people have to be safe. But also on the flip side, we want to play . ”
Highlight the heroes
During this free time, Alonso and his fiance Haley created a foundation, Homer 4 Heroes. Its mission is to recognize the exceptional work of our heroes and inspire others to be a hero in the lives of others.
“So many people have touched me and changed my life for the better,” he said. “There have been so many people in my life that I am eternally grateful to them. There are not only people in individual life, but there are people who work day after day and who work or work ungrateful or doing something so extraordinary to help the greater good and these people are usually in the shadows or not in the spotlight.
“And for those people who go beyond their duty, we want to recognize these people.”
Home runs from home
Even though Alonso cannot qualify to face the pitch live at the moment, he is still ready thanks to virtual reality.
“Any pitcher in the big leagues, I can see what their stuff looks like,” he said. “So the system uses actual game data and video footage. So it’s pretty accurate. It’s the footage, the location, the way things move, the exit point. It’s really technology unbelievable.
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“I saw a lot of guys that I would face during the regular season.”
Asked about the reality of the “Win Reality” simulator compared to the real game, Alonso gave him a score of 8.5 out of 10.
Of course, nothing can replace real baseball and Alonso is looking forward to being back at Citi Field. I hope it’s sooner than later.