Pete Alonso pledges portion of any Home Run Derby winnings to charity
Pete Alonso announced on Tuesday that he will donate a portion of any winnings earned from his participation in the Home Run Derby to two charities near and dear to his heart.
The New York Mets first baseman is enjoying a breakout campaign in his first year in the big leagues, one highlighted by how the phenom is on pace to shatter Aaron Judge’s record for home runs in a rookie season.
Alonso, who has already bashed 28 home runs before the All-Star break, previously indicated he would be honored to take part in the Home Run Derby should an invitation be extended.
To no surprise, Major League Baseball has since reached out to the young power hitter, meaning Alonso will be among the players taking part in the event next Monday at Progressive Field.
Now, with his spot in the Derby confirmed, Alonso announced his plan to donate part of any winnings to two military-centric charities.
“We grew up in a military background, both my grandpas,” Alonso said after the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Mets, via the New York Post. “We have a real important [emphasis] on the people who take care of human life and are selfless in that regard. They put themselves in the line of duty, whether that be overseas or here trying to protect us civilians in New York or around our country.”
Alonso indicated he will donate 5% of any winnings to both the Wounded Warrior Foundation, which provides assistance to injured veterans, and Tunnel to Towers, an organization that helps military and first responders.
Alonso added he has the “utmost respect” for the selfless individuals the two charities serve, calling them “my true heroes,” adding he simply wants to show his “respect and gratitude.”
Major League Baseball announced ahead of the season a significant increase to the Derby’s purse, which now stands at $2.5 million, with the winner pocketing $1 million. A good showing by Alonso at the event certainly would raise a lot of funds for the two worthwhile causes.