New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso was involved in a serious car accident Sunday on the way to spring training that left him shaken but uninjured.
The 27-year-old first baseman told reporters Monday that another driver hit him in the T after running a red light, flipping Alonso’s vehicle three times. Alonso kicked his windshield to get out of the car.
“I am really grateful to be alive,” he said.
Alonso called the crash “pretty brutal” but thanked Ford for good engineering. He said his wife, Haley, was in a separate car behind him and rushed to help him.
Incredibly, Alonso emerged from the accident healthy and began doing individual exercises at the Mets’ camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida on Monday. He plans to participate in all the activities on Tuesday.
“Today’s is really special for me,” said Alonso. “I had a blast today working out, seeing everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier showing up at spring training.”
Alonso smashed 37 home runs and drove in 94 runs for the Mets in 2021. He has been a long-standing staple in Queens, not playing a total of 14 games in three seasons since arriving in the majors in 2019.
With team owner Steve Cohen shelling out big bucks for star pitcher Max Scherzer and a completely revamped outfield, the Mets are expected to be contenders in the NL East.
It was an eventful morning at Mets camp, as world ace Jacob deGrom also announced his intention to opt out of his contract with the Mets at the end of the season.
It is an expected move given your excellence. The five-year, $147.5 million deal signed before the 2019 season is guaranteed through 2023, with a team option for 2024. It’s likely he can secure a higher salary with more guaranteed years next offseason.