Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is not sold on the Mets said this on his MLB Network "High Heat" show, but it was a temporary reference to Pete Alonso that caught the attention of the young star of the Amazon.
While criticizing his Mets, Russo said Alonso "will not hit 50 Homer again" and the team will need to find out where it "will pick up on a little of his offense".
Alonso – who may have seen the monologue on Funhouse for the first time, a Twitter feed that collects clips of hot takes from sports media personalities every day – tweeted an answer in one word: "Fuel."
Alonso set the rookie record in the Major League last season with 53 home runs and overtook the Yankees' Aaron Judge.
The powerful first baseman also told The Post's Mike Puma on Thursday that he was striving to be a better defensive first baseman and a better all-round player.
"Keith (Hernandez) has (11) gold gloves, he's a great first baseman, there's no denying that, and I want to be as precise as when he was in the game," said Alonso before training at Clover Park. "There are a lot of tasks on this side of the diamond and last year I felt like I was doing a great job in the big league and now I want to be great."
Russo said the "black cloud" over the Mets organization made her a risky choice this season, having only played the playoffs for six years in the last 33 seasons since her 1986 World Series title.
"I don't pick the Mets to get to the playoffs," said Russo, who predicted the Amazins would win between 83 and 87 games. "Maybe that would do them any good, because every time I choose them for the World Series, they go between 82 and 80 and fire a manager."
"I just don't think they're very good. They demand too many components to click on," he added. "Alonso, the two best in rotation (Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard), (Amed) Rosario, have something from midfield. Maybe (Yoenis) Cespedes will add something. Will (Jed) Lowrie play a game outside of the seven bats he got last year for $ 10 million? I just don't think the Mets … too have a lot of questions. "