Tommy Pham says he’s lucky to be alive after stabbing
San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham admitted on Sunday that he was lucky to be alive after being stabbed outside of a strip club in October.
“The doctor here basically told me that if I wasn’t so muscular I might be dead or paralyzed,” Pham told reporters via Zoom, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “So I’m lucky to be able to play. I thought I couldn’t play anymore.”
Pham was stabbed outside Pacer’s Gentleman’s Club on October 11, he confronted a group of people who were gathering near his car. He asked the men to get away from his vehicle, but police reports say things between Pham and the other men turned violent, resulting in the 32-year-old being stabbed.
The former Cardinal of Saint-Louis had a tough first season with the Padres in 2020, beating .211 / .312 / .312 with three homers and 12 RBIs. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 campaign.