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Pete Alonso talks about the Derby, dingers and wrestling polar bears on 'Old Baseball Cards'

Mike Oz
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It’s been quite a year for New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso. He went from being a top prospect to being the Home Run Derby champ and a favorite to win National League Rookie of the Year.

Now, he’s also the latest guest on “Old Baseball Cards,” Yahoo Sports’ baseball-card driven trip down memory lane.

Alonso has already out-homered his age — he has 33 this year as a 24-year-old — which doesn’t even count his mammoth performance in the Home Run Derby. It’s made him one of the best stories of the 2019 MLB season.

On this episode of “Old Baseball Cards,” Alonso talks about one former Mets player he wrote a paper about in his Spanish class, how he’d approaching wrestling a polar bear (that’s his nickname) plus he talks about being super competitive, which comes into play as we try to make a trade.

Alonso picked a pack of 2004 Topps, from when he was 10 years old. I opened a pack of Topps’ 2019 Allen & Ginter cards, which features a mix of current players and legends. And cool news: I’m also in this year’s Allen & Ginter, so we have the potential to find my baseball card.

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If you’re new to our show, we open packs of cards with baseball stars, coaches and famous fans. It all started with a bunch of cards my grandma bought when I was a kid and held onto for years, thinking they’d be worth something one day. They weren’t, so instead we use them as fodder for stories, reactions and memories from baseball people.

If you dig the show, you can find all our other episodes below, plus a bunch on YouTube. If you like this episode in particular, I’d recommend you check out our episodes with Mike Trout, Manny Machado and Mets fan Hank Azaria.

Previously on Old Baseball Cards

RECENT EPISODES: Don Mattingly | Tom Gordon & Nick Gordon | Ron Darling | Mike Rizzo | Craig Counsell | Rocco Baldelli | Kevin Cash | Brad Ausmus | Pete Rose | Mike Trout | Kyle Freeland | Tony Gwynn Jr. | Archie Bradley | Manny Machado | Keynan Middleton

MUST-SEE EPISODES: Randy Johnson | George Brett | Dave Winfield | Gary Vee | Jerry Dipoto | Mike Krukow | HQ’s Scott Rogowsky | Felipe Alou | Torey Lovullo | Nick Swisher | David Ross | Tim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz

COMPILATIONS: Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2) | The Best of People Eating 30-Year-Old Gum | The Best Finds of 2018 | Favorite Guests of 2018

CROSSOVER EPISODES: The Miz | Metta World Peace | Jazzy Jeff

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Fred Lynn | Eduardo Perez | J.J. Putz | Luis Gonzalez| Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar

MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais

CURRENT PLAYERS: Alex Bregman | CC Sabathia | Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo

CELEBS: Kurt Busch | Bill Nye | Mr. Belding | Alyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETC: Chris “Mad Dog” Russo | Josh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick


Mike Oz is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @mikeoz

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