ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza was not in her usual spot in the booth for last week’s Sunday Night Baseball game in San Francisco. That’s because the analyst was involved in a car accident on Friday.
Mendoza was rear-ended on the highway in California, and even though she actually traveled to San Francisco, she revealed this week that she woke up on Sunday dealing with concussion symptoms.
That led to her opting to play it safe by sitting out the game between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
Via USA Today:
“I’m doing so much better,” she told ESPN’s Buster Olney on his “Baseball Tonight” podcast Friday. “It was hard. I actually flew to San Francisco after the car accident because I’m a little crazy and I was like, ‘I’m going to work, I’m going to work.'”
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“My kids weren’t in the car — that was probably the best part,” she said. “Just more shaken up, I think anyone who has been in an accident knows (how that is). … Had nightmares for a couple nights, but now I’m doing so much better. Just really grateful that as much as a concussion is not anything to take lightly, it could have been a lot worse.”
Mendoza’s ordeal sounds terrifying, and she’s lucky to have escaped without major injuries. She even returned to work this week for the Little League World Series.
She’ll be in the booth for tonight’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates in Williamsport.