St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Freese, the MVP of the 2011 World Series, avoided injury on Thursday afternoon when he crashed his SUV into a tree in Wildwood, Missouri.
Police reports say the 29-year-old athlete was heading to his parent’s house for a Thanksgiving Day dinner when he crashed his 2011 black Range Rover into a tree to avoid a deer.
After the crash, Freese refused medical attention and his SUV was towed from the scene. Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the accident and “no other investigations are under way.”
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Freese notified him of the accident Thursday evening and that he talked directly with the third baseman early Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
According to Mozeliak, Freese is scheduled to meet with members of the medical staff some time this weekend to assure the accident didn’t cause any lingering physical issues.
“Anytime you know somebody is in an accident you want to hear they’re OK and that no one else was hurt,” Mozeliak said. “I think we’re all relieved to hear he wasn’t hurt. That’s the bottom line — the fact that no one here was injured. … I don’t think there will be any issues for him coming from this.”
Yahoo! Sports notes that Freese’s 2012 Thanksgiving Day crash isn’t his first auto accident. In 2009 David had another car crash that was weather-related, totaled his car and caused an injury.