The Face of the Mets Franchise Looks So Sad

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Poor David Wright.

He looks so sad, like the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

That’s been how he’s looked for the entire Alderson Era, in fact.

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Gone the puppyish glee, the eager bounce to his step.

These days he looks skyward, beseechingly, and sadly walks back to the dugout.

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Then he checks his bank account.

No worries!

He’s made his choices.

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So, yeah, I don’t feel sorry for David Wright. He saw the plan, and as far as I can tell it looked like this:

HERE’S THE PLAN

We give you a s**tload of money!

Molly-Beers1David saw that and was like, “Wow, that is an awesome plan! Sign me up!”

A lot has been said about this “face of the franchise.” Young, talented, handsome, pure as the driven show. Yeah, maybe.

But actually I think it’s his new face that fits the franchise even better.

Confused, lost, disappointed, self-pitying.

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But like Jeff, and Fred, and Sandy, David Wright knew enough to take care of #1.

Don’t worry about any of those guys. They’ll be fine. They made sure of it.

To be clear, I’m not against David Wright. I’m against feeling sorry for David Wright. Sad and depressed, he has truly become the face that best represents the entire New York Mets franchise: A great thing squandered, flushed in Flushing.

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12 comments

  1. Reese Kaplan says:

    I’ve written ad nauseum that signing David Wright when the team had no money and were not just “one player away” from contending was a huge mistake. They should have traded him for 3 Zack Wheeler level prospects AND saved $18-20 million per year to address other areas. Now others are beginning to see the folly of the half-hearted rebuild effort.

    • The Wright issue was tricky, since at the time we didn’t have all the information. Given the facts as we now know them — remember, this past winter was supposed to be a time to spend, a return to glory — clearly they needed to trade Wright, just as they needed to trade Reyes.

      We needed Sandy to be the adult in the room. But he failed. Meanwhile, I’m wondering about all the folks he said he was the next Frank Cashen. Oh well. I’m most troubled by the empty seats, the loss of fans, and what looks like a possible lost decade.

      JP

  2. Frank Dunne says:

    I don’t feel sorry for DW. I also agree that he was looking out for number one. We don’t know the details of what pie in the sky plan Fred, Jeff, Sandy & Co had when he signed. I think he is a loyal guy because he is billed as “The face of the Mets”. In free agency, I am sure he could have gone to a contender for similar money. His loyalty to this team is coming back to bite him in the ass. I think he is realizing now that the possibility of a ring on his finger is dwindling rapidly.

    With that said… hindsight is 20/20. If they didn’t sign him in the wake of not signing Reyes, it would have looked like all hope was lost (at that point in time). It is certainly looking like that now.

    Every 9 games or so they actually are fun to watch. Although it appears that they have become insignificant a third into the season, I continue to say to all my Giants fans here in CA… “Hey, at least we are not the Cubs or the Rays.” I hope I can still shed that slight optimism at the All Star break.

  3. NYM says:

    Well. I don’t know about feeling sorry for him either. He gets to play baseball for a living. But in terms of “looking out for number 1″ if that was truly his main objective he would’ve said “screw the lousy Mets” and tested free agency. He would’ve gotten way more $ on the open market (look at the contracts a similar player in Cano and inferior player in Ellsbury got) and likely would’ve landed in a much better environment

    • I agree with you on this, NYM. David Wright wanted to stay in NY, with the Mets. He could have earned more money, salary-wise, if he went onto the open market. But then, he wouldn’t get to live in NY.

      I guess I feel that it wasn’t purely a baseball decision. Because, seriously, how could you believe in that? And again, I don’t fault him for making his choices — I just don’t feel sorry for him. He talks about the playoffs in 2006 as the highlight of his career. Then he signed up for 8 more years with the Mets. Maybe he really believed, maybe he drank the Kool-Aid. I’ve sometimes speculated that he’s the guy who could bring it all crashing down. He could start the firestorm. Wright could do that long SI interview and lay it all out, how he’s been deceived, disappointed, devastated by Sandy and the Wilpons. He could say, “I want out.” But he’s such a good soldier. And, well, he’s getting paid.

      • NYM says:

        I don’t think living in NY is that big of a deal. He doesn’t live there full time the season is only 6 months long and half that time the players are on the road anyway. He could always live in NY in the offseason if he cared that much about the city. But I think he did feel an attachment to the Mets and didn’t want to leave

        • Michael Geus says:

          I agree with this,and like the guy for it. I’m a Mets fan, and instead of wanting to bail and win somewhere else Wright chose to stay. I find that admirable.

          Sure, a player can always pull a Lebron and just go where the going is easy, Make no mistake, Wright would have gotten paid somewhere else.

          If Lebron had stayed and never won with the Cav’s that would not have made me think any less of him.

  4. Patrick Boegel says:

    Wright does and says all the things you would want from a guy, the kind of guy if you had a daughter you would feel really comfortable with him.

    Problem is, those guys rarely have the bling.

    The Bad Guys Won.

    When you hear about Tom Seaver, you hear about a relentless egotist.

    But that saying, nice guys finish last, it is a saying for a reason. Got to have a little zing.

    • Michael Geus says:

      Noted bad boy Gary Carter batted cleanup on that 1986 team. If you look up nice guy in the dictionary there is a picture of Mookie Wilson. The Bad Guys Won is a fun story, like a lot of fiction.

      The talented guys won.

      Some of them happened to be bad guys.

  5. Michael Geus says:

    Of course I don’t feel sorry for Wright. But on the list of problems with the Mets I don’t even see him on it. This team needs more guys like Wright, fantastic two-way players. The issue with this team is talent.

    There isn’t enough.

    It’s confusing to me how many Mets fans have a problem with Wright. He plays hard, and wants to win. Forget the paycheck, he took less than market value to play for the Mets. From the perspective of a Mets fan, isn’t that something to like?

    He is not the owner or the GM or the manager. He does his job, and if they did his job as well as he does this would be a very different team.

  6. Raff says:

    My only SADNESS is that the Mets don’t have the resources to execute a plan to win. In the case of the Mets, a Plan To Win, at this juncture, would have merely required an ability and commitment to provide middle of the pack spending levels in their roster budget. They have enough good arms who are still at low relative investment levels. The addition of a couple real players and a few pieces and parts would have yielded a 90 win team.

  7. […] others look at David Wright — baseball’s saddest player, and the face of the Mets franchise — and say, hey, let’s give that shoulder a break. […]

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