David Wright says he believes "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger," so after two years and two September swoons, he must be feeling doubly strong.
I caught up with the Mets' third baseman at a midtown pub, where he was receiving a check for his foundation from the sales of the establishment's "David Wright Sandwich." Wright says he would welcome Manny as a teammate, he doesn't think the Un-Amazins' need to back up the truck and start from scratch.
Wright says (at the 3:55 mark) that Jerry Manuel is 100% the right guys for this ball club. "He's a winner and he believes in his philosophy."
The Mets franchise player, who won a silver slugger award, a gold glove, hit 33 homers and knocked in 124 runs batted in, blames a lot of the team's failures on himself as much as anyone.
Yes, Wright struck out with a man on third and nobody out in the ninth inning of the September 24 game against the Cubs -- a crucial game the Mets lost in extra innings. But he says (at the 2:30 mark) that he doesn't fixate on these moments. He just tries to stay focused on staying prepared.