Mets' Pete Alonso 'thankful to be alive' after car accident, kicked out windshield to escape

Alonso batted .262 with 37 homers and 94 RBIs last season

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New York Mets superstar Pete Alonso was involved in a "brutal" car accident on Sunday.

The first baseman, who was driving in Tampa heading to the team’s spring training, said his car flipped over three times. With help from his wife, Haley, who was in another car, Alonso was able to escape without any major injuries. Alonso said the crash was so bad that he had to kick through his windshield to get out of his vehicle.

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The New York Mets' Pete Alonso reacts after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in New York. 

The New York Mets' Pete Alonso reacts after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

"Yesterday was a real close experience to death," Alonso explained to reporters. "My car flipped over probably about three times. Guy ran a red light, T-boned me, and 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 added that everyone in his family is OK, and he will be ready to go for full spring training activities on Tuesday.

The National League's Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, hits during the first round of the MLB All Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Denver.

The National League's Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, hits during the first round of the MLB All Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski))

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"You never know what can happen," Alonso continued. "Anything can happen at any given moment, anything can be derailed at any single time. One thing I was coming here to Spring Training, coming here to work, and the next thing I know, I'm kicking my windshield in, trying to get out of a flipped-over car. I'm just really blessed to be here."

Last season, Alonso batted .262 with 37 homers and 94 RBIs. He will once again be a critical part of New York’s success in 2022.