When he signed on the dotted line a year ago, David Wright sure sounded like he was a believer in “the plan.” That’s been true until very recently. But just as Sandy Alderson has begun to show cracks in his armor, his little quips and jokes about the payroll suggesting an undertone of increased frustration, David’s most recent comments show an admitted loss of patience.
From Jim Baumbach at Newsday:
“I’m expecting us to field a much better team this year than we have in years past, yes,” Wright said. “There are expectations.”
Noting the need for offensive upgrades, Wright said Sandy Alderson is “probably tired of hearing from me,” what with Wright constantly reaching out to the general manager to offer help in potentially recruiting free agents to Citi Field.
“I think we need help offensively, there’s no question about that,” Wright said.
The team needs a cleanup hitter badly. I would think that Wright worries greatly about the hole in the middle of the order.
It’s fascinating, because David Wright has himself in exactly the same position as most Mets fans. He’s waiting and hoping, too. We’ve talked about the ticking clocks, and how we hope to see them win it all again before we die, but David is really running out of time. They’ve already squandered his prime.
I have to wonder why he tied his future to the New York Mets. He still talks about the 2006 playoffs as the highlight of his career. That’s sad.
I’m sure he wants to win. But he also wanted to get paid, and the money was good. And I think he likes it here, New York is a pretty cool place to live when you are young and rich. I like David, but I don’t feel bad for him. It seems like a pretty sweet overall deal to me. If I was young and rich there is no place I rather live and work. Hell, I’m not young or rich and there is no place I’d rather work and live.
Clearly, this off-season will be telling. Again, I’m giving the Alderson-Wilpon Mets the benefit of doubt. The facts are not all in yet. But early signs suggest this is not the year of “going for it.” I’m anticipating temporary patches covering some holes, but not all of them. In a nice turn of phrase, faithful reader Eric called them “sandbags.” Or, um, “SANDBAGS!!!!!” Regardless of the punctuation, it’s an excellent point.
To use a different metaphor, Chris Young plugs a hole with zinc oxide and eugenal, like getting a temporary filling at the dentist. It’s not built to last. That tooth is going to give you trouble again pretty soon down the line.
Yes, but Wright signed for seven years, not just 2013 and 2014.
David must really, sincerely believe, right? So I’m asking — and I want you to guess, try to articulate this — what does David Wright believe in? It’s like he had an epiphany while up on the mountain. He saw a vision, a burning bush, and came down with a signed contract in his hand. What did he see up there, Mike?
I said it above, I don’t think it was a pure baseball decision. I start there.
I would also figure they told him about all the young pitchers, and David liked hearing that. I think Wright is more genuine than some people might believe, the glass half-full guy that we see, I think that really is David.
He seems sort of — how to say this? — uncluttered. Not a complicated guy.
If you asked Wright right now, he might not be pleased with some of the things he was told, and how they have related to actions. There were some hints of that late in the year. But overall, I think David is a guy who grew up a Mets fan and understands he has a real chance to end his career as a lifetime icon in New York City. That is no small thing, and if he went anywhere else that was not going to be the case. If this never turns around, toward the end of his contract maybe he will get antsy, but for now Wright knows he still has time on his side.
And a big paycheck.
It will be interesting to watch for cracks in the dam. He’s a good soldier, but if David feels like he’s been lied to, the story might change.
His voice is powerful. If David decided to take it to the media in a powerful way — not just the mild whispers of the last few days — he could really make things uncomfortable for the Alderson-Wilpon Mets.
While there remain a few devout fans who still inexplicably look at Sandy Alderson as the second coming of Frank Cashen, quite a few others feel they’ve been lied to. And like it or not, Sandy has been the spokesperson for those lies (and cashing monster checks all the while). If David starts forcefully saying he’s been misled, the damn will surely burst . . . and some guys in suits will get lost in the flood.