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When the Mets were swept by the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this month, Pete Alonso gave some optimistic comments that were criticized by some, with the first baseman imploring fans to "Just smile and just know that we got this."
Late on Tuesday night (in fact early Wednesday morning back on the East Coast), Alonso had more words of encouragement following the Mets’ 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, as the Mets dropped a fifth straight game for the first time this season and fell under .500 for the first time since May 5.
“I think right now, our attitude, our process is excellent. I know it’s tired and people want results and that’s the nature of the beast and I totally understand that, but we’re giving it all out there and I’m so proud of how every single game we’re in it, we’re locked in,” said Alonso, whose two-run homer was the only offense for the Mets. “We fight, we scrap, and unfortunately sometimes we come up short and it’s frustrating, but leaving it all out there and the amount of heart that we have is really special.”
Despite the way the recent win-loss record reads, Alonso remains confident in this group of Mets and doesn’t see any quit in the clubhouse.
“For me right now, in a most difficult time, guys aren't packing it in. We're not just folding, we're not giving in, we're not caving, and that's very difficult to do in a very difficult time because this is a character-building – it’s a humbling process for sure, but I think that right now, even though we’re down, we’re still fighting. We’re still fighting every single pitch.
"I think if we were to pack it in and just throw everything out and just be ‘Alright, you know what it’s over,’ then that’s terrible. That’s a bad attitude and we don’t have that at all. Every single day we come to the ballpark believing that we’re going to win.”
At 59-60, the Mets are now 4.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East, a spot the Mets had sole possession of for most of the season. But Alonso still thinks finishing first in the division is in reach.
"How we fight, how we prepare, and how we go about our business is excellent, and it’s just been a really difficult stretch," he said. "We want to win, for sure. We want to be the best. That’s why we’re all here. I think that it’s frustrating right now, but I think that we’re going to be in a very good place come the end of the year. I really know that that’s our goal, and because we’re not meeting that now doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re not going to be there at the end of the year.
"It’s all about the journey."
Alonso was also asked about his optimistic comments on Aug. 8., and while the Mets are 3-5 since then, Alonso doesn’t regret a word.
“It’s not about where we’re at right now,” he said. “It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.”