Mets' Alonso, Rojas Reach Out To Lifelong Fan Diagnosed With Terminal Cancer

Peter Haskell
March 19, 2020 - 1:07 pm
Kathleen Selig and Pete Alonso

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A lifelong Mets fan who is battling cancer was shedding happy tears on Wednesday when first baseman Pete Alonso sent her a special video message.

Kathleen Selig recently found she only has a few weeks to live after being diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.

Her granddaughter, Ally Henglein, reached out to the Mets star on Twitter, hoping he could offer some words of encouragement and support.

The Mets sensation quickly stepped up to the plate. 

"Sending my love to your grandma. It’s stories like these that make me extra proud to be a Met. Check your DM, I’d love to send her something special," he wrote to Henglein before following up with a heartwarming video message for Selig.

"I appreciate your lifelong support," Alonso said. 

"Oh my God, he's talking to me of all people," Selig exclaimed as she watched the video.

Henglein tells WCBS 880's Peter Haskell, "It made me very happy because I know how much the Mets mean to her and that's how much she means to me. IT's giving her the strength to hopefully see opening day and maybe we can go and watch it in person."

The 82-year-old from Brooklyn wears Mets apparel every day, paints her nails blue and orange, and has asked that her family spread her ashes at Citi Field.

She also received a call from Mets manager Luis Rojas and former Met Gregg Jefferies also reached out.

"You have no idea what this is doing for me," Selig said.