Just look at this lovable dude! (Pic: Ken Blaze/USA Today)
Forbidden Love is a Cubs DNA series where our staff waxes poetic about a player on a team other than the Cubs. Maybe even one you think they should hate. In this installment, Staci offers some love for New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso.
OK, I'll admit right now that this Forbidden Love is kind of a cheat, and not of the Astr*s variety. The only person I've ever seen who didn't love one Peter Morgan Alonso is that bing bong who called him a "fatass" on Twitter that time, and that guy was clearly the angriest angry meatball ever.
Live look at that guy.
Speaking of meatballs, Pete is a delightful dude, and went on Colbert where he tried to teach Stephen how to hit and actually barreled up a number of non-baseball items himself including a pumpkin, a Lego house, and yes... a rather large, saucy meatball. It's worth watching for the lulz, but also because when I say he barreled them, I mean Pete is such a good hitter he actually barreled up a freaking meatball.
But I'd expect a guy who broke the MLB rookie HR record with a massive 53 dongs to be able to barrel just about anything. He even set the Mets single season record with his 42nd off of our King Yu Darvish, and I wasn't even mad!
(Don't worry--Yu didn't allow another run in 8 innings of work that day.)
You could also call him Peter of Flushing Meadows, Patron Saint of Dad Bods. And I mean this as a compliment. See, Pete cares not for your "work outs." He needs not be "ripped" or "swole." St. Pete is working off of pure, unadulterated, old fashioned Man Strength like they used to do in the olden days.
No wonder his nickname is Polar Bear! Just look at that! Plus, that's an A+ nickname. None of this shortening his last name or adding a "y" onto it or any of that nonsense. It's a real, honest-to-goodness nickname! Just another thing to love about Polar Bear Pete. Not to mention that he finally brought some offense to this Mets club so poor Jacob deGrom doesn't have to keep going winless for his entire career. Thanks, Pete!
So forgive me for cheating on this one, won't you? After all, once in a while we have to drop the "Forbidden" on one of these and just do "Love." And if you need more Pete, this should sufficiently scratch your itch.