Monday, January 21, 2013

David Wright and his eventful winter

Wendy Adair

The news has been announced that David Wright is engaged to long time girlfriend and Ford Model Molly Beers, first of all, congrats to the happy couple!!  Second of all, Wright has always been known for his privacy, so it should be interesting to see how public their engagement and wedding festivities become, after all, celebrities in New York are always under a microscope.

Wright has experienced a lot this winter, first of all, his mega extension making him a Met for eight more years.  The yearly salary means a lot less to him than the commitment that the Mets made as far as how many years he would be retained as their unofficial captain and face of the franchise.

In March, Wright will be part of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.  In 2009, Wright played a pivotal role in Team USA and their road to the semifinals where they lost to Japan.  The walk off single (it was really a double) that Wright had against Puerto Rico to propel them to the semifinals was absolutely awe inspiring, especially considering the "anti clutch" label that Wright has been unfairly labeled with in past years.

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The WBC was a roller coaster ride for Wright, two days before this walk off hit, he was kneed in the head by a member of Team Netherlands and was doubtful for a few days but his performance and heroics against Puerto Rico lifted the whole team.

The following night during a seeding game in the pouring rain, Wright fouled a pitch off his foot and hurt his toe, at one point, it was actually very plausible that he had broken his toe, he hobbled around the rest of the game and in the clubhouse after the game.  X Rays were taken and were negative but he played the semi final game against Japan and after the loss, headed back to Port St Lucie Florida to fnish Spring Training with the Mets.

Wright had a down year in 2009, but to blame it entirely on playing in the WBC would be irresponsible, a new home field, teammates going down left and right to injuries and dealing with his own aches and pains likely played a role in the down year. 

Over the course of the 2009 season, it was revealed by Jerry Manuel during his weekly radio segment with Mike Francesca on WFAN radio that Wright was playing with a strain behind his right knee that most fans did not even realize, Wright played it down, true to form, but again, it could have been part of the equation.

The Mets can only hope that Wright stays healthy throughout the tournament and in 2013, but I am sure that all eyes will be on him for how he handles his engagement, new contract and his participation in the WBC.

Again, congrats to David and Molly and Lets go Team USA and the New York Mets!!

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