PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso said he was not injured when his car flipped in an accident in Tampa on Sunday.
The All-Star slugger said his wife, Haley, was in the car behind his and notified authorities.
“For me, it’s really special to be here,” Alonso said on Monday. , T-boned, and for me, I’m really grateful to be alive. I’m really grateful to be healthy. I am very grateful to be here.
“It’s just that anything can happen at any time, and I’m just super, super lucky to be here,” he added. “Hitting, taking ground balls, throwing, feeling normal, feeling good. I’m going to be ready to do full activity tomorrow. Just need today to do personal work, like individual drills. But today Today I feel truly blessed to be here, not only alive, but healthy.”
Alonso was on his way to camp for the Mets when the accident happened.
“One thing I was coming here to work, coming to spring training, and the next thing I know I’m kicking my windshield and trying to get out of an overturned car. So really blessed to be here. Luckily nothing is wrong. Thanks also, Ford, for having great engineering,” he said.
The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. Tampa police said the other driver received a citation for running a red light and the accident is still under investigation.
Additionally, Mets ace Jacob deGrom said he intends to exercise his right to opt out of his contract to become a free agent after the season. He would forgo a $33.5 million salary for 2023, as part of a deal that includes a $32.5 million club option for 2024.
The 33-year-old right-hander, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, said he wants to stay with the Mets.
“For me, I don’t want it to be a distraction,” he said. “I’m excited about this team, and I’ve said it before, I love being a Met, I think it would be really cool to be one for my entire career. But the plan is to exercise that option and to be in constant contact during the offseason with the Mets and Steve Cohen and the front office.
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