New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso said he is suffering from PTSD following a car accident during spring training.
Alonso said at the time of the March 14 crash that he was lucky to be alive after his vehicle flipped three times after another driver ran through a red light.
“His car plowed straight into the side of my truck. The collision literally sounded like a bomb went off,” Alonso said in a piece published by The Players Tribune. “Then, before I could even figure out what had happened, my truck started to flip.
“It was horrifying. Just really scary.”
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Alonso also reveals that months later he is still suffering the after affects of the accident and he leans on his support system to help him out.
“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 might think you are, it can still be rough in a lot of different ways,” Alonso said. “I’m still dealing with some pretty bad PTSD from it, to be completely honest with you. And I feel very fortunate that I was able to recognize that. That I’ve been able to talk through it with some people.”
The 24-year-old Alonso is batting .269 with 23 home runs and leads the major leagues with 72 RBI for the Mets, who are in first place in the NL East. He was recently named to his second All-Star Game and will try for a three-peat in the Home Run Derby.