New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is putting down his phone, and not just to pick up a glove or a bat. Instead, he is quitting social media … well, just because.
So if you find that Alonso’s twitter and Instagram accounts have gone dark, just know that it’s by design.
“I think that real life is just absolutely fantastic and for me, I think life is a blessing, it’s something that I feel like a lot of people, sometimes including myself, take for granted,” Alonso told reporters Friday. “And I want to spend every second soaking in every single day because every single new day is a blessing, and I feel like especially in wake of what happened last year, there’s a lot of things that I feel like were taken for granted.”
Alonso batted .231 last season, with 16 home runs, 35 RBI and 31 runs scored. The Mets finished 26-34, tied for last in the NL East.
Alonso has been one of the Mets’ more active players when it comes to interacting with fans on social media. He may still interact with them. But just away from the phone and computer.
“In 2019, if you see everybody wearing this mask, you kind of scratch your head and just be like, ‘Whoa, what’s going on?’ But there’s a lot of new social norms that are in place now that we took for granted,” he said. “I think for me, I just want to be appreciative of every single day. I want to live in real life.”