Pete Alonso, coming off one of the most prolific rookie seasons in baseball history, arrived at Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Saturday.
After working out on the field with his teammates, Alonso took to the podium to answer questions about his personal goals for the 2020 season, playing for Luis Rojas, and much more.
Here are five key takeaways from Alonso's first media availability of the new season:
On wanting to win a World Series
"There's one goal, and that's to win a World Series. Like I want to be celebrating on a parade float, drunk as hell, celebrating with my boys. That's the goal. I want to be having good times with everybody, celebrating, holding up the trophy. There's so many people that work hard and there are so many of my teammates that work hard, and also the fans deserve that as well. We're going to work as hard as we can, and we're going to push to make it happen."
On his personal goal for 2020
"Winning a Gold Glove would probably mean the most to me, outside of winning a World Series, because for me that's the ultimate. I think everyone wants to be a champion, but for me winning a Gold Glove would be really special. I work extremely hard at all assets of my game, but just because so many people told me I couldn't, that I was a bad defender. So many people counted me out on it, but just to win that and throw it in their face would be awesome."
On the difference between this offseason and previous years
"The only different thing was a lot more people knew my name, but a lot was the same. I still continued my strong work ethic, still continued my offseason routine. I'm feeling so good about 2020. Also, it was different in a positive way because last year I was kind of in a grey area. I was in limbo. I had an opportunity to make the team. With the team not having to bring me up, I didn't know what was going to happen. There was a lot of uncertainty, and a lot of things were justified and clarified not just in spring training but throughout the 2019 season.
"It's really cool to figure out what I've been doing, it works. I'm really happy with the position I've put myself in, and I'm just so excited and so motivated to just keep pushing and see what else is possible."
On what he can improve upon following 53-home run rookie season
"I want to keep pushing and get better. I don't want to feel complacent or comfortable. I had a really good year last year, but I want to be better. I want to see how far I can push myself, because if you keep searching for new limits, you never know what can happen, because I want to be the best version of myself every single day. I want to keep continuing to push myself and get better. I want to get the most out of what God has given me."
On playing for Luis Rojas
"I love playing for Luis, and so many other guys who were home-grown, they grew up having Luis through the system as well, so he not only has a rapport with other players that came up and he was on staff last year, and there are a lot familiar faces on staff with a couple new additions. He's awesome. He's so even-keeled.
"I can't stress enough how difficult it is to make the playoffs in the minor leagues, because you have guys going up, going down, unfortunately being released in some cases, but there's such a big - people don't understand how much of a revolving door there is with the actual staff of players that you have. To build momentum throughout a season, with different faces and people moving up and down. Team dynamics change, and to keep that same winning culture consistent throughout is really difficult to do …"