New York Mets superstar Pete Alonso is thanking his lucky stars he’s still alive after after being involved in a scary car crash Sunday night.
According to Alonso, his vehicle was struck by a driver who ran a red light, causing his vehicle to flip three times. The crash occurred in Tampa, while the Mets slugger was headed to spring training.
Alonso spoke about the accident with the media at training camp today, saying the following, via ESPN:
“Yesterday I got in a really kinda brutal car accident. … To me this is just really special to be here,” Alonso said. “This is a really special spring training because yesterday was a really close experience to death.”
“I’m thankful to be alive,” Alonso added. “I’m really thankful that I’m healthy, very thankful to be here. Anything can happen at any given moment. I’m just really, really blessed to be here.
“One [moment] I was coming here to work, coming to spring training, and next thing I know I’m kicking my windshield in trying to get out of a flipped-over car. Just really blessed to be here. Thankful nothing is wrong. Also thank you Ford for having great engineering.”
Alonso told reporters he was fine and will not miss any training camp due to the accident. The 2019 NL Rookie of the Year and MLB home runs leader is once again expected to be a big part of the Mets’ 2022 roster. He’s coming off a season in which he led the team in home runs, RBIs, batting average, hits and on-base percentage.