Pete Alonso excited to have Mets fans back at Citi Field

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Pete Alonso Mets salutes fans at Citi Field 2019
Pete Alonso Mets salutes fans at Citi Field 2019

The Mets will welcome fans to Citi Field on Thursday for the first time since the 2019 season, and Pete Alonso is excited to have them back.

Alonso, who thrived off the energy at Citi Field during his rookie season in 2019, said that even having fans boo him in Philadelphia was energizing -- but he's ready to get back in front of the home crowd.

"I'm excited. It's gonna be sick," Alonso told reporters via Zoom before Thursday's game. "Playing the first three games in Philly, I don't think I've ever been that happy to see a bunch of Philadelphia fans -- Philadelphia Phillies fans. They were really enthusiastic, they were really into the game. It was awesome, it was fun. I know that they were booing us, but I miss that in a way.

"That just makes me that much more excited to get back here to Queens and back home at Citi because I know this place to me is extremely special. And I love playing in front of Mets fans. We have such an incredible fan base and I know they're gonna make a lot of noise today.

"It's gonna be a fun time and I can't wait as we kind of progress here to get more and more fans back. I feel like the game of baseball -- not just for us players -- the game needs the fans back in the stands, and I'm super excited. It's gonna be a fun year. It's gonna be a fun 2021."

ALONSO ON THE COVID-19 VACCINE

Mets players, including J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto, have been guarded when it comes to disclosing whether or not they're planning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Team president Sandy Alderson recently discussed the reluctance of some players to get the vaccine, and said the team would be offering education on the matter.

On Thursday, Alonso was asked if he was getting the vaccine and seemed to confirm he was without actually saying it.

"I'll put it to you this way," Alonso said. "I'm in a vaccine commercial, right? What would you say if you were in a vaccine commercial?"

Asked a follow up, Alonso said the decision is private.

"I think that's just private medical information and I just don't want to disclose any. ... If I am or I'm not, for me I just don't want to disclose any personal medical information to the public."

Any team that reaches vaccinations for 85 percent of tier 1 personnel is allowed to ease its COVID restrictions.

"There's a lot of guys that want to take it and I think that there's a lot of staff and personnel and people that are tier 1 -- it's not just players that are for taking it," Alonso said. "When you say the 'team,' it's a whole collective thing -- it's not just the players. We have staff, people in the front office, trainers, coaches. The whole tier 1, tier 2 thing, it's a whole collective group. ... I feel like a lot of guys are gonna get vaccinated, but I can't speak for everybody."