Pete Alonso has set the new power standard for National League rookies.
The blast also made Alonso just the fourth player in Mets history to reach the 40-homer mark. His next long ball will move him into a three-way tie with Todd Hundley (1996) and Carlos Beltran (2006) for the Mets' single-season record.
The record-setting baseball was returned to Alonso by a family that caught it. In return, the rookie gifted them a variety of signed memorabilia, according to Justin Toscano of The Record.
Bellinger, who is now a leading MVP candidate with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was quick to congratulate Alonso on surpassing his two-year-old mark.
All told, the 24-year-old Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk Sunday and is now hitting .271/.375/.604 with 95 RBIs and 76 runs scored this season.
Alonso's homer proved to be the exclamation point in the Mets' 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The win temporarily moved the Mets to within 1 1/2 games of the second NL wild-card spot.