NEW YORK -- In the span of a week, Mets utility outfielder Jason Pridie has weathered his first earthquake and his first hurricane. So far, so good.
Pridie and his wife had been staying at the Vincci Avalon Hotel in Manhattan, but they were forced to evacuate to the Westin in Times Square in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. Fortunately, Pridie and his wife felt none of the storm's ill effects and were happy to return to their apartment in Long Island City on Sunday to find no flooding or structural damage.
"My dad called me at 8 a.m. asking if everything was OK, and I called him back at 10. I was like, 'Yeah, I slept through it,'" Pridie said. "I know that it hit some low-lying areas pretty hard, but as far as us, it was almost just like a little storm."
"We got back into our apartment yesterday morning and everything was good."
The hurricane also forced some of Pridie's teammates who live in Long Island City -- like Bobby Parnell, Dillon Gee and Justin Turner -- to evacuate their homes. While it was thought that some players might choose to stay at Citi Field during the hurricane, the team decided it was in the players' best interests to stay elsewhere.
General manager Sandy Alderson said that all players who had to leave their homes were able to find alternative shelter elsewhere, some with the help of the club.
Alderson, who stayed at his daughter's house on the Jersey Shore, said he found minor flooding at his home in New York. He also encountered two trees lying across the freeway on Interstate 287.
Manager Terry Collins stayed the night in Manhattan after telling reporters before the storm he was getting in his car and heading west on Saturday morning. Collins encountered neither harm nor structural damage.
"There was not a lot of structural damage, I can tell you that," Collins said. "The buildings keep the wind from being too bad. It was fine. Actually, when I went back to my apartment, the apartment was fine, too."
As for Pridie, he's happy he made it through his first two natural disasters safe and sound, but he's not hoping to go through another one anytime soon.
"The only thing I don't want to be in is a tornado," Pridie said. "I'll go ahead and pass on that for my entire life, because you don't want to mess with those."