Mets’ Pete Alonso suffers from ‘pretty bad PTSD’ following spring car crash

Pete Alonso is still suffering from the aftermath of the horrific car crash he was involved in during spring training.

The Mets slugger explained how the wreckage lingered with him in a first-person story in the Players Tribune, saying he still suffered from “pretty bad PTSD” as a result of the ordeal.

“When it happened I was super relaxed and not worried about anything. I just drive my truck like I do all the time. I got a green light. Nothing unusual at all,” Alonso wrote. “The light wasn’t even yellow, it was just a straight green light. So for the driver coming from the side, the light was red. It’s a situation we’re all in constantly, don’t Isn’t it? You have green and you continue. You don’t even think about it. You just assume that the driver at the red light is obviously going to stop.

“In my case, however, the person didn’t stop. His car slammed into the side of my truck. The collision literally felt like the explosion of a bomb. Then, before I could even comprehend what had happened, my truck started to roll over.

Pete Alonso had a serious car accident on March 13.
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Pete Alonso said he was “lucky to be alive” when his car flipped over in a spring training crash.
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Alonso recalled that, contrary to the experiences of others, time did not slow down for him in this incident – it happened very quickly and he thought he was going to die.

“Okay, that’s it. It’s over for me. I’m done. The end,” he recalled thinking at the time.

Alonso feels lucky to have not only survived the wreckage, but not even been seriously injured, crediting his Ford truck with absorbing the blow. Still, he can’t put the myriad scenarios out of his mind in terms of much worse scenarios that could have happened.

Pete Alonso was back driving a rental car on March 15, two days after the crash.
Pete Alonso was back driving a rental car on March 15, two days after the crash.
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Pete Alonso on July 8, 2022.
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“When something like this happens to you, there’s so many things going through your mind. There’s a ton of scenarios involved. I mean, my wife was driving right behind me. If that other driver had come to that intersection two seconds later he would have hit her instead,” Alonso wrote.

“And even beyond that, there’s just a lot of things going through my mind since I got hit. A big accident like that, when it happens to you, I don’t care who you are, it’s not easy. No matter how strong you think you are, it can always be difficult in different ways. To be completely honest with you, I still suffer from pretty bad PTSD. And I feel very lucky that I got to acknowledge that. That I got to talk to some people about it. I mean, over the last few months, I’ve really leaned on people that I trust and care about. I work continuously on everything.

Alonso, 27, is having a great season for the Mets, batting .269 with 23 homers, 72 RBI and an OPS of .871 heading into Wednesday’s game against the Braves.