Pete Alonso and Chris Paddack talked the talk, walked the walk, and helped birth a new baseball rivalry

Baseball null null Pete Alonso walked it like he talked it.The NL Rookie of the Year candidate — and former Sporting News contributor — has been off to a start that can be described as torrid. He's got a 1.6 bWAR. He's got a 162 OPS+. He's got 11 home runs, good for a tie for third place in the NL, and the one he hit Tuesday had some extra oomph. In the ninth inning of a tie game against the Padres, Alonso didn't only go yard, he went state, country, planet and galaxy with a two-run bomb. The dinger turned out to be decisive, giving the Mets a 7-6 win in a game that Alonso described as must-win.Pete to the MOON.— (@) May 8, 2019夜网论坛MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZN It was but a few days ago that Padres budding ace Chris Paddack let the world know that — in the words of the immortal Bone Crusher — he ain't never scared.“He’s a great player, no doubt,” Paddack said of Alonso before Monday's game. “Does he deserve (the Rookie of the Month honor)? Absolutely. But I’m coming for him. We’ll see Monday who the top dog is. That’s something I’m looking forward to, for sure.“And I’m not saying that in a cocky way," Paddack continued. "I’m saying that because I know what I want, just like I’m su[......]