Pete Alonso is beloved not only for his on-field play, but also for his genuine personality. He sees baseball as a fun game that provides him a platform to change the world.
He just took perhaps his biggest step in that.
Alonso and his fiancée, Haley Walsh, launched the Homers for Heroes foundation. According to a Twitter note written by Alonso, the foundation will aim to recognize life's unsung heroes — teachers, coaches, medical staff, first responders, veterans and anyone else making their communities a better place.
"Every month, we want to recognize a hero and their cause," he wrote. "If you or anyone you know is going above and beyond their call of duty, please refer to our website (homers4heroes.org) and click the Nominate a Hero page."
Alonso said the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to recognize our most shared value: "All of us depend on each other for a healthy community."
Last season, Alonso donated a portion of his Home Run Derby winnings to two separate charities. He then donated his custom 9/11 cleats to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan.
On the website, the mission statement said Alonso and Haley want the foundation to help by not only recognizing heroes, but perhaps using those stories to inspire others to go above and beyond.
"We live in a world where people do not have super powers, capes, cool costumes or catchy names," it read. "Heroes in our world are behind the scenes."