NEW YORK — Mets general manager Sandy Alderson collapsed and appeared to faint during a news conference at Citi Field on Wednesday.
Alderson, who was announcing a contract extension for manager Terry Collins, fell while answering questions from reporters, some of whom quickly grabbed him to slow his fall. Alderson was down for about 30 seconds.
Alderson, 68 on Nov. 22, was able to get up, and after taking off his jacket and being helped into a chair, he quipped, "Okay, where were we?" He eventually walked out of the interview room on his own.
Alderson had been standing on a platform and answering questions for about 13 minutes when he collapsed.
After leaving the interview room, Alderson was examined by the Mets' training staff and was "fine," a team spokesman said. Alderson didn't have breakfast before the news conference and felt light-headed, the spokesman said.
Before Alderson collapsed, he announced the two-year deal for Collins, who led the Mets to the World Series this year for the first time since 2000.
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