Mets third baseman David Wright took questions from reporters during his second annual Vegas Night charity event. Andy McCullough spoke to Wright who spoke a little about his legacy.
“I’ve never been one that wanted to make every last dollar that I could playing this game. I’m obviously very fortunate where if God forbid I got hurt tomorrow, I should be OK financially. But now it’s gotten to the point where, really, hopefully I’m at my midway point. I haven’t accomplished what I’ve wanted to accomplish as far as winning. So that’s obviously No. 1 in my mind.”
Wright spoke also appeared on Sirius XM on Friday and said he’s not looking forward to going through the 2012 season facing trade rumors and having to address reporters day in and day out as Jose Reyes did last season.
“It’s going to be a pain. I saw Jose Reyes everyday had to answer questions about trade rumors and what was going to happen to him. Frankly, it would be nice to not have to go through that but I’m going to do my best to answer those questions hopefully in spring training and not everyday have to answer to this rumor or that rumor.”
“I understand the business side of it. I understand what happens with players in my situation. I’m expecting it to, I guess, be some sort of an issue. I’m going into this year just with, if I’m going to be traded, just questions with stuff that pertains to that. Hopefully we get off to a good start as a team and that kinda answers some of the questions. It’s not something that I am looking forward to, going out there and have to deal with the rumors… But, again, I have no control over it. That’s out of my hands so if it happens, it happens. But I love being in New York, I love the energy, I love that atmosphere. Like I said, hopefully we get off to a good start and that kinda puts some of that to rest.”
It will be interesting to see how Wright will deal with this and if he will be able to filter out all that noise and not let it effect his play on the field. Jose Reyes was very good at separating the two last season. Wright also has the added pressure of now being the longest tenured Met and the one many of the other players look up to.
Wright is coming off an injury plagued season in which he posted the worst numbers of his career. He turned 29 last month and will be paid $15 million this season and there’s a team option for $16 million for 2013 that Wright could void if he’s traded.
There’s going to be a lot of pressure from many different angles on Wright this season. I’m hoping he bears up well and has a great bounce-back season.