PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) â€” New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso said he was unhurt when his car flipped over in an accident in Tampa on Sunday.
The All-Star slugger said his wife, Haley, was in the car behind his and notified authorities.
â€œTo me this is just really special to be here,â€ Alonso said Monday. â€œThis is a really special spring training because yesterday was a really close experience to death. My car flipped over probably about three times and a guy ran a red light, T-boned me, and to me Iâ€™m just really thankful to be alive. Iâ€™m really thankful that Iâ€™m healthy. Iâ€™m very thankful to be here.
â€œItâ€™s just anything can happen at any given moment, and Iâ€™m just super, super blessed to be here,â€ he added. â€œHit, took some groundballs, threw, feel normal, feel fine. Iâ€™m going to be ready to go for full activity tomorrow. Itâ€™s just taking today to do some personal work, like some one-on-one drills. But today I just feel really blessed to be here, not just alive but health as well.â€
Alonso was on his way to the Metsâ€™ camp when the accident occurred.
â€œOne thing I was coming here to work, coming to spring training, and the next thing I know Iâ€™m kicking my windshield and trying to get out of a flipped-over car. So just really blessed to be here. Thankful nothingâ€™s wrong. Also, thank you, Ford, for having great engineering,â€ he said.
Also, 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 give up a $33.5 million salary for 2023, part of a deal that carries 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 remain with the Mets.
â€œFor me, I donâ€™t want that to be any distraction,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m excited about this team, and Iâ€™ve said it before, I love being a Met, think it would be really cool to be one for 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.â€