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Pete Alonso has ‘pretty severe PTSD’ from ‘cruel’ car accident in March

Pete Alonso has 'pretty severe PTSD' from 'cruel' car accident in March

Met’s first baseman Pete Alonso was in a “brutal” car accident in March while on his way to spring training. He suffered no serious physical injuries, but recently admitted that he still has “pretty bad PTSD” from it.

“Such a big accident, if it happens to you I don’t care who you are, it’s not easy,” he wrote for the newspaper on Wednesday. Player’s Stand. “No matter how strong you think you are, it can still be rough in a lot of different ways. I’m still dealing with some pretty bad PTSD, to be completely honest with you.”

Alonso was driving his Ford pickup in Tampa when another driver ran a red light at an intersection. Alonso had left his nearby home just five minutes before the incident. The driver boned the player’s vehicle at high speed, causing it to roll over three times.

Alonso’s wife, who followed him in a separate car, shared details about the accident the following day and said he came out fortunately with only a single scratch on his arm.

“It was horrible. Just really scary,” Alonso wrote in the Players’ Tribune. “And you know how sometimes people say time slows down when something like this happens? Like how everything moves in slow motion? Well… that was for sure not my experience. This was something that happened quickly.

“It was like everything was moving at a million miles per hour. And in those moments when my truck overturned over and over, I thought that would be it. In my head I thought: Well, that’s it. It’s over for me. I’m ready. The end.”

Alonso added that he felt happy that we could recognize the impact of the incident on his mind, and that he has leaned on those close to him in recent months to help him cope with the PTSD. Realistically, he’s aware this won’t go away anytime soon, but he said the focus is now on being the best person he can be.

“I’m just incredibly grateful to still be here. I’m truly blessed,” Alonso wrote. “And from now on I really want to keep doing good things and have a positive impact on others. After the accident, it’s not just about surviving, it’s really about making the best of all the time I have left.”

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