There's been plenty written and said about Pete Alonso's rookie season.
And rightfully so, as the Mets first baseman slugged an MLB rookie-record 53 home runs and drove in 120.
But as Mets spring training gets underway in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Alonso is now looking ahead to the new season, and he's got some lofty goals for this 2020 group.
"Man, we're a hungry team this year. I am so excited," Alonso said on Thursday's Mets Hot Stove. "We have so many different pieces. We're so dynamic and I think we have what it takes this year to bring home a trophy. I'm so pumped."
"I think last year, it was such a huge step in the right direction, and now we're aimed in on that World Series trophy," he said later in the interview. "I think we can do it, I know we can do it."
One of the things that stood out from Alonso's first season in the bigs - aside from his obvious level of talent - was how genuine and real he came across at all times with the media.
Whether or not Alonso hit two home runs in a game or stuck out four times, he was always willing to talk things about with reporters after the game, and according to Alonso, that's just who he is.
"I want to be accountable, not just for the cool things, the wins, but for the losses, the mistakes, and even the rough patches. I want to be accountable for my actions," Alonso said. "I want to take responsibility for what I can do. Also, at the same time, I'm a normal guy. Like I love baseball with all of my heart, but at the end of the day, baseball is a job title. Like me as a first baseman for the New York Mets, that is a job title. I want to be a human being first. Yes, I want to be known for my play on the field, but ultimately I want to be a good human being. I want to be a good guy, because I think doing the right thing, being accountable, growing as a person, I think that's a very important component, not just being a good baseball player.
"I take pride in trying to grow and become a better person, not just a baseball player."
In the game of baseball, leadership is something that is earned, and it's rare that a 25-year-old comes into a leadership role, but that's the case for the "Polar Bear," as he explained what being a leader means to him.
"For me, I just wanted to back up talk with actions, because I think talk is cheap and it's all about actions and owning your responsibility of the role you play," said Alonso. "For me, I just want to be accountable and also I just want to be a good teammate. I want to get the absolute best out of my other guys, whether they like it or not. I'm not necessarily getting on them, but for me I'm all about just trying to help. I want to better my teammates. I want to raise them up, because without them, it's nothing. I think we have unbelievable chemistry, and I'd like to keep it that way."