Sandy Alderson’s 87-year-old father, John, a retired Air Force pilot, was struck by a car and died tonight in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In a statement issued through the team, Sandy said:
“Our entire family is devastated by his loss. He was a beloved father and grandfather who will be deeply missed by all of us. He and I shared many baseball experiences over the years and he was excited about Spring Training and Opening Day at Citi Field. I am terribly saddened that we will not be able to share those new experiences together.”
The Mets followed by saying:
”Fred, Saul and all of us at the Mets send our heartfelt condolences to Sandy, Linda and their family. We’ve asked Sandy to take whatever time he needs as it relates to this terrible personal loss. Our thoughts are with the Aldersons at this difficult time.”