PORT ST. LUCIE – Pete Alonso wasn’t the only great voice in the Mets organization to deactivate his social media accounts during the offseason.
But the first baseman that went dark on Twitter and Instagram had nothing to do with the aftermath of a stock market saga, which was the reason owner Steve Cohen ditched Twitter, and everything related to a new perspective on life was from the screen.
“I think real life is absolutely fantastic and for me, I think life is a blessing, it’s something that I feel a lot of people, sometimes including myself, take for granted,” Alonso said Friday after a workout. “And I want to spend every second getting soaked every day because every new day is a blessing, and I feel like, especially after what happened last year, there are a lot of things that I feel were taken for granted.
“In 2019, if you see everyone wearing this mask, you scratch your head and say, ‘What’s going on?’ But there are many new social norms that are in place now that we take it for granted. I think for me, I just want to be thankful every day. I want to live in real life. “
Alonso had been one of the most active Mets in engaging with fans via social media, especially during his Rookie of the Year season in 2019, when he embraced “#LFGM” as the team’s new rallying cry.
Although he will no longer be in contact with fans online, Alonso is eager to welcome them in person to Citi Field this season. After playing in an empty stadium in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mets are expected to have at least a portion of Citi Field open for fans when the 2021 season begins.
“Playing on TV is absolutely fantastic, but being there in person where a hit of the bat or making a jump play or hitting someone, can make a lot of people in person smile, stand up, clap, cheer, even shout. just by doing something, ”Alonso said, a big smile breaking out. “Once I heard 40,000 people at Citi Field absolutely freak out, that’s an adrenaline rush that I’m addicted to.
“I can’t wait until it’s full again like this. If it’s 25 percent, 30 percent, I can’t wait to hear people cheer again in person. For me, it’s addictive and I love it. “