Pete Alonso's home run derby title Monday night came with some help of his cousin and former St. Bonaventure infielder Derek Morgan.
Morgan served up 57 home run pitches, including 23 in the final round, as Alonso defeated Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 23-22 to win the derby crown at Cleveland's Progressive Field.
Alonso, a rookie first baseman for the New York Mets, defeated Cleveland's Carlos Santana 13-12 in the first round, then knocked off Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. 20-19 in the semifinals.
"This is so special. I couldn't have done it without my million-dollar thrower," Alonso said after winning. "He's the man. This is a family affair and it's incredible."
Morgan, who now lives in Copley, Ohio, played two seasons with the Bonnies before finishing his college career at Indiana Tech.
"Honestly, just to be here, that's all that matters to me," Morgan said in a news conference as he sat next to Alonso after the derby. "Everybody is talking about him dreaming, and I'm still dreaming. I'm catching myself sitting here just flashing back to just the memories I had 20 minutes ago. It's just surreal. And all that matters is that he asked me. I'm just blessed and honored that he asked me."
The win earned Alonso a prize of $1 million, doubling his rookie salary.
"We got the jitters out in the first round," Morgan said. "I think we figured it out after the first timeout in that first round. We stayed positive and kept grinding."