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Mets Real David Wright Dilemma

If you’ve been to or watched Mets alumni at Citi Field for events like the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 World Series or Mike Piazza‘s number retirement, you will see just how much former Mets respect and revere David Wright.

What makes those moments so special is you see Wright look on with admiration at players he grew up rooting for as a child, and they treat him as an equal. There is a mutual respect between Mets greats.

As we are seeing with the Mets yet again, this mutual respect is shared between Mets players but not ownership. No, the Wilpons just have a way of alienating themselves with players like they have with the fans.

Darryl Strawberry has spoken candidly how he no longer associates with the Mets due to Jeff Wilpon. There are multiple instances of the Mets alienating their former players.

One interesting note is how prominent Mets who have played for both the Mets and Yankees are more closely affiliated with the Yankees organization. David Cone and Al Leiter have worked for YES. We’ve seen them and players like Dwight Gooden participate in Old Timer’s Day.

Part of the reason we see these Mets with the Yankees is because of the World Series titles. We also see the Yankees making the efforts to bring these players back. More importantly, these players have typically received better treatment from the Yankees than they have the Mets.

For example, could you imagine the Yankees removing a popular player’s signature from the walls of their stadium? Would you see them turning Monument Park into an unkept portion of their team store?

More importantly, could you see the Yankees handling the Wright situation in the matter the Mets have? It’s extremely doubtful.

Over what amounts to less than $5 million, the Mets are not going to let Wright play again. For what it’s worth, the Mets have that money socked away from the trades of Asdrubal Cabrera and Jeurys Familia and maybe even the insurance from Yoenis Cespedes.

Sure, the Mets have offered other reasons, rather excuses. They’re going to rely on medical reports (even though he’s been cleared to play baseball games). They’ve said there’s a higher standard of medical clearance to play in MLB as opposed to minor league games.

Now, the Mets are moving the perceived goalposts by saying the team wants him to be a regular player as opposed to a “ceremonial” player or pinch hitter.

Of course, Wright being an everyday player is a bit difficult with the presence of Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Wilmer Flores. It’s also more difficult due to Wright’s own personal physical limitations.

Of course, the Mets don’t know what Wright wants or feels like he’s capable of doing because John Ricco admits to not talking to Wright about all of this.

Seeing how all of this has transpired and how the Mets have opted to operate their business, especially post Madoff, this is about the insurance money.

While Wright has always said the Wright thing and has never been truly critical of the organization, everyone has their breaking point, and this could be his.

Much like we’ve seen with former Mets greats, Wright may be so aggrieved, he just stays away (not that the Mets give players reasons to return with event like Old Timer’s Day). And seeing how Wright has been treated, we may see the same thing with fans and other former players because, at the end of the day, no one should be alright with how this is transpiring.

Sadly, unlike the greats of Mets past, there’s no other home for him. The Mets are it.

So while we’re seeing what could be Wright’s final chance, we may be seeing the end of Wright before he fades away forever. That could be the saddest thing of all, and it was all over a few million.

3 thoughts on “Mets Real David Wright Dilemma”

  1. Since Steinbrenner Bought Failing Yankees in 1972 - How Many Mets Rings? says:

    Allegedly the Mets wanted visits, old timer’s days but have a policy of refusing to pay for notels. Allegedly

    Al Leiter retired and ran to the Yankees, allegedly a phony.

    The Mets traded Cone, let Straw and Gooden go and the Yankees have shown to go over backward to make Met stars into NY stars and NY baseball stars are Yankee stars.

    That was started by George Steinbrenner – Doubleday and Fred Wilpon were too stupid and too cheap to fight George to fight the intentional poaching.

    How better to fight your competition?

    Competitive and SMART?

    How many rings since 1980 for Fred Wilpon?

    The Wilpon Uncle Saul Katz still owe $200-300M to Madoff victims and $300-$600M in Citifield debt.

    They had to sell 48% of the club.

    They have small town family net wealth now.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Why would you call Leiter a phony for taking an MLB job offered to him?

  2. Blu2MileHigh says:

    Allegedly the Mets wanted players to visit, the Wilpons wanted old timer’s days but have a policy of refusing to pay for hotels. — Allegedly

    Al Leiter retired and ran to the Yankees, allegedly a phony.

    The Mets traded Cone, let Straw and Gooden go and the Yankees have shown to go over backward to make Met stars into NY stars and NY baseball stars are Yankee stars.

    That was started by George Steinbrenner – Doubleday and Fred Wilpon were allegedly too stupid and allegedly too cheap to fight George to fight the intentional poaching.

    How better to fight your competition?

    Competitive and SMART? George you were a winner. From 1980-2000 Doubleday was barely above average. The Mets started their rebuild in 1977. One ring in 24 years, above average….

    How many rings since 1980 for Fred Wilpon? 38 years
    The Royals won in 1985 and in 2015 – small city 30 years apart.

    The Wilpon Uncle Saul Katz team still owe $200-300M to Madoff victims and $300-$600M in Citifield debt.

    They had to sell 48% of the club.

    They too have small town feel, small time family net wealth now.

    Since Steinbrenner Bought Failing Yankees in 1972 – How Many Mets Rings?

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