Alonso looks like '2019 Pete,' say Mets teammates Dom Smith and J.D. Davis: 'It's just a sight to see'

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Pete Alonso greeted at home plate after hitting homer in spring training 2021
Pete Alonso greeted at home plate after hitting homer in spring training 2021

Pete Alonso's "down" 2020 season has been a bit over-scrutinized when you consider that he slashed .231/.326/.490 during the shortened campaign with 16 homers in 57 games -- a roughly 40 home run pace over a full season.

But there was a steep drop off from the heights of his rookie campaign, when he slugged .583 and hit an MLB rookie record 53 home runs.

Speaking shortly after arriving at spring training, Alonso wasn't concerned about his 2020 and said 2021 would be a year of "resiliency."

And if spring training is any indication, Alonso's swing is in a good spot.

"I feel like I have a really good sense of my timing right now and also I'm just having fun out there," Alonso said during The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies. "I developed a great attack plan this offseason, seeing the ball really, really well right now. Usually it doesn't come this early in camp, but I'm very, very satisfied with the results. And my outs have been pretty loud for the most part, so just gonna be looking to take big swings."

According to Smith, everything is working for Alonso right now.

"I'm seeing the old Pete. He looks really good. He's staying behind the ball real well and what makes him a special player is he uses the big part of the field," Smith said. "The fact that he has unbelievable pop and when he's using that right center field gap, he just opens up so many more things for himself. It's just a sight to see, because he can leave any part of the ballpark.

"When he's staying behind the ball and using the big part (of the field), it's pretty. It's beautiful. Nobody can hit it as hard or as far as him, so it's pretty dope."

Davis added that "the Polar bear has been taking really good at-bats" and said another thing that every Mets fan will want to hear.

"I think the biggest thing I've seen is he's been getting into his legs a lot more," Davis said. "And I think that's just been kind of the big difference with him taking good pitches and swinging at good pitches. Just being in balance.

"I think everybody's power comes from the ground up. If you saw that home run the other day, how easy it was and how he got into his back hip and just drove the ball or flipped the bat the other way. It was a cool sight to see. 2019 Pete."

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