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Mets’ Pete Alonso ‘thankful to be alive’ after car accident

Sep 28, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) singles against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso said he is fine on Monday despite being in a car accident in which he claims his vehicle flipped three times after another driver ran a red light.

“Yesterday I got in a really, kind of brutal car accident,” Alonso told reporters in Port St. Lucie, Fla. “To me, it’s just really special to be here. This is a really special spring training because yesterday really was a close experience to death.

“My car flipped over probably about three times. The guy ran a red light, T-boned me. To me, I’m just really thankful to be alive. I’m really thankful that I’m healthy. Very thankful to be here. Anything can happen at any given moment.”

Alonso was not the only Mets All-Star making headlines on Monday. Starter Jacob deGrom confirmed he plans to opt out of his contract at the end of the season with the intention of keeping closely connected to the front office regarding a long-term deal.

deGrom said his goal remains to be with the Mets for life, but doesn’t want to discuss a contract during the season.

“But for me, I don’t want that to be any distraction,” deGrom said. “I’m excited about this team, love being a Met, I think it would be really cool to be one my entire career. But the plan is to exercise that option and be in constant contact in the offseason with the Mets and Steve Cohen and the front office.”

A two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, deGrom signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract in 2019.

Alonso said he both hit the ball and took some grounders without issue on Monday. He plans to be ready for full activity on Tuesday.

“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,” Alonso said. “Just really blessed to be here. Thankful nothing is wrong. Also thank you Ford for having great engineering.”

Alonso, 27, led the Mets in hits (147), homers (37), RBIs (94) and batting average (.262) last season.

–Field Level Media