Mets legend Tom Seaver has been forced to flee his beloved Napa Valley home and winery as a result of the devastating wild fires ravaging Northern California.
Seaver fled his property on the top of Diamond Mountain in Calistoga — the heart of Napa Valley wine country — and made his way to south Lake Tahoe on Wednesday afternoon, The Mercury News reported.
“We’re trying to stay hopeful,” Seaver’s daughter Anne told the newspaper. “It’s a very morbid situation.”
Seaver’s home and vineyard were OK as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the newspaper.
The Daily News has been unable to reach the Hall of Fame pitcher.
Tom Seaver was the greatest pitcher in Mets history and had his No. 41 retired in 1988.
“All of our homes are right in the red zone,” Anne Seaver said. “We’re waiting to see what the winds do — and praying.”
A Fresno native, Seaver went home to California 18 years ago after having lived in Greenwich, Conn., for many years. He bought 115 acres on top of Diamond Mountain and began a second career as a grape farmer. Seaver Vineyards have produced award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon since 2005.
“I’m just one of the worker bees,” Seaver told the Daily News’ Bill Madden for a 2012 story. “I’m with my grapes every step of the way. This is the greatest thing in the world.”
Gusting winds and dry air made for a dire forecast for Thursday as the wildfires are on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history.
Raging wildfires tear through Northern California
At least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed.
“It’s going to continue to get worse before it gets better,” state fire chief Ken Pimlott said Wednesday.
More than 5,000 people are under evacuation orders in Calistoga.
Seaver, 72, who had his No. 41 retired by the Mets in 1988, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 with the highest percentage of votes ever recorded at the time.
Firefighter Nick Gonzalez-Pomo, of the San Rafael Fire Department, waters down smoldering ashes on a garage Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif.
The biggest star in Mets history was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1967 and was the NL Cy Young winner in 1969 as the Miracle Mets stunned the baseball world by winning the World Series.
The 12-time All-Star won 198 games for the Mets as part of a 20-year major league career that also included stints with the Reds, White Sox and Red Sox. He retired following the 1986 season.
With the Associated Press