First, it is said that all records are meant to be broken. All the way back in 2017, Cody Bellinger set the NL rookie record for home runs with 39. Prior to that, Frank Robinson held the record from 1958 on. Now, a new name will stand atop the record books in that category.
Pete Alonso of the New York Mets hit his 40th home run of his 2019 rookie season on Sunday. Therefore, some would wonder if Bellinger would even notice. After all, Bellinger is in a home run and MVP race of his own at the current time.
Indeed – Bellinger not only noticed – he took the time to tweet congratulations to Alonso on eclipsing his previous mark.
Congrats @Pete_Alonso20 on breaking the NL rookie HR record. u a beast ????????
— Cody Bellinger (@Cody_Bellinger) August 18, 2019
Furthermore, it shows that Bellinger has humility and with all the pressures of his current season; he’s still a decent enough guy to provide some encouragement to a rookie finding his way.
Interestingly, Bellinger clubbed his own home run on Sunday which was his 42nd of the year. This gave Bellinger the lead in the category in the sport for the time being over Alonso; but also Christian Yelich and Mike Trout who have 41 each.
Easy like Sunday morning. pic.twitter.com/nD8jAZ8fam
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 18, 2019
Finally, this is a player who realizes that he has greater accolades in front of him then simply holding the rookie home run record. While that represented something special for a time, Bellinger has a chance at an MVP, a league home run title, and a World Series victory.
The great ones keep striving for greater heights. It’s nice that with where we sit today, Bellinger is a better version than the phenomenal player we remember from that special 2017 rookie season.