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Thursday, March 19, 2009

David Wright says all the wrong things

Squawker Jon, I know you that you inhaled the WBC and all, given your most recent column, but I'm going to have to mock your guy David Wright, the star of Team USA's victory over Puerto Rico.

Or should I just call him Mr. March again? Yeah, yeah, I know somebody could say that about my team's third baseman, Alex Rodriguez. And come to think of it, Wright may not have made the USA squad in the first place if it weren't for A-Rod remembering his Dominican roots.

Speaking of A-Rod, Wright seems to be channeling his propensity for saying dopey things. After David's walkoff hit the other night, he told the media, "That situation is what you dream about when you're a kid."

Mets blogger I.M. Forme at It's Mets for Me is having none of it:

Really? Wright dreamed about playing for Team America in the World Baseball Classic? The WBC wasn't a dumb glimmer in Bud Selig's greedy eyes when Wright was a kid. Get your head on straight, Sugarpants, when you were a kid, you dreamed about winning the world series with the NY Mets. That is the situation.

I don't even root for the Mets and I'm nodding my head agreeing with this guy.

But wait, there's more! According to today's Kevin Kernan column in the New York Post:


Wright had scratches on his face, the result of being dog-piled by teammates. He also had the glow in his eye such a hit builds in the baseball soul.

"I've heard from everybody," he said. "I got more phone calls and text messages in the last 24 hours than I had the last 24 months."

He's thrilled that his bat is being sent to the Hall of Fame. One of the best messages came from his brother Daniel, a high school senior. "He sent me a text that said, 'This is by far the coolest thing you've ever done,' " Wright explained.
Can Wright get a little perspective here, please?

Team USA hasn't even won the WBC yet. They made it to the semifinals. The semifinals. Which means that they're one of four teams left. To paraphrase a Chris Rock routine, you're supposed to make it to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic if you're the US. What does Wright want, a cookie?

Wright is darned lucky that, despite the Mets' two epic September collapses in a row, he still essentially gets a free pass in this town. Because I think the other New York third baseman would get a little more criticism if he told the media what golden boy David did yesterday:

"Being in these kind of high-pressure situations, you know, big at-bats in March, can only help you out come April and hopefully beyond that," Wright said of the two-run single that beat Puerto Rico, 6-5. "You're talking about being up there with the game on the line, and when you wear those three letters across the front of your chest, you have quite a bit of pressure and weight on your shoulders.

"I think that can only help," Wright said. "It's good to get that big hit because when you do get those big hits it allows you to take a deep breath and maybe not put as much pressure on you the next at-bat."

Again, can you imagine if A-Rod had said something so damning about himself? Good grief.

What do you think about David Wright? Leave us a comment!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

How you can possibly call David Wright Mr. March and not sound bitter is beyond me. His career splits for September/October are .327/.395/.554, adding up to a .949 OPS. So basically, he plays almost 10% better than his career average. But I'm sure you didn't bother to looking anything up, because you'd rather throw conclusory accusations around to churn up controversy. I'm a fan, and have been reading your stuff for a while, but that just came across as amateur.

Symphony said...

I dont think anything of what he said. When he said dreaming of being in that situation as a kid why does it have to be equated with the WBC?

I'm going to go out on a long, shaky limb and say he was simply talking about a game-winning and it has nothing to do with the WBC or when it was a glimmer in Selig's eye.

Anonymous said...

I don't see why people are complaining. All the guys on Team USA were really pumped and excited about the game, talking about how its one of the greatest moments of their careers- even the pitchers who didn't pitch in the game. Nothing wrong with being excited...its not like Wright is walking around acting like he is the greatest player ever and got the most important hit in the history of baseball. Clearly teh players are into the WBC and are thrilled to win the game. Now that all the WBC haters who were complaining that nobody cares about the WBC were proven wrong, they apparently need to come up with something new to complain about- that players shouldn't care as much as they do.

There is nothing wrong with what Wright said. So the WBC didn't exist back then, but that doesn't mean a guy can't dream about the opportunity to play for the US in the Olympics or some type of international competition.

And as for Wright's quotes about hitting in pressure spots there is nothing wrong with being honest. He's admitted that he pressed in some situations last yr and wants to improve upon that. Maybe if A-Rod didn't come across as so phony, and was a bit more humble (spendng less time kissing your relection in a mirror would be a good start)the media wouldn't have gotten to dislike the guy so much in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Wright said he dreamed about this when he was a kid because he saw some USA Olympic team play an exhibition game in his hometown. That's what he dreamed about -- playing for a Team USA.

Chill out, he's excited about being there. And check out the first comment about his career splits in September/October.

NAM said...

Lisa, I can't wait til the season starts so you can write about baseball and not this stupid crapola that you find so intriguing.

Ryan O said...

Its nice to know as a Met fan that when my 3rd baseman says something...i believe him.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Yankee fan but this is just silly ...he was excited about winning and rightfully so ...what is the big deal?? As stated above ALL the players were thrilled with the win. I do agree on one point...if Alex had made any such comments it would be twisted beyond belief but that's because it would be Alex..everything is twisted including some of the things he does himself.

There is nothing wrong with being happy about a terrific win ...leave Wright alone and let them enjoy it.

GO USA !!! Go Yankees 2009 !!

NAM said...

Hey Ryan O,

ditto as a Red Sox Fan.

Anonymous said...

I guess Wright would rather be getting clutch hits than smooching himself in the mirror. Doesn't he know that's not the way to get attention in this town anymore?

Anonymous said...

David Wright is a huge Alex fan ..sooooooo ..you never know he might be smooching a mirror sometime in the future too .. :o)

Go Yankees 2009 !!

"Nutball Gazette" said...

Sorry Lisa. I just do not see what is wrong here. As far as A-*** goes When you look at the word Disaster and Ultimate Loser in the dictionary all you will see is a picture of A-***.

Anonymous said...

For all you Met fans who love to poke fun at one of our guys but can't take it when it's done back to one of yours, go eat a turd.

Your team sucks and they always will.

Claude Scales said...

I think David Wright is supercallifragilisticexpiallidocious.

I also think Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest players ever to take the field, even if he does play for the team I've thought of as the Big Bad Bullies ever since I was a Brooklyn Dodger fan in the Florida Panhandle back in the Cretaceous Era.