David Wright hates to lose, but also finds motivation in the little things

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I’m a baseball fan. I played baseball though high school, though that quickly ended after having my ACL repaired in each knee. Today, I see the game as a fan, only emotionally invested in what the team does on field, in the box score and standings (while desperately hoping for a return). If the game is a blowout, or the season is lost, I can choose to turn off the TV or not attend a game. I don’t, but I do have that option. The players, however, are paid to be there, day and night, winning or losing, contending for a ring or not, and they have to show up and are expected to continue to perform to the best of their ability…

Wright JerseyIn my talk with David Wright for my recent Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, I asked him how he manages his frustration and motivates himself (beyond the money and the fact that it is his job) when playing in a losing season…

“Losing sucks, that’s the bottom line. It puts you in a miserable mood, especially when you’re just playing out the season down the stretch,” Wright said. “I’m a competitor, I love to compete, I don’t care if it’s baseball, ping pong, whatever, it doesn’t matter, I want to win. That’s what keeps me sane, during those times, whether it’s those miniature battles – that you-against-the-pitcher mentality, where I’m going to beat you, I’m better than you, I’m going to get this hit or advance the runner in this situation – the battles within the war is what motivates me. It doesn’t excite me nearly as much as winning or being in a playoff race, that thrill of coming to the ballpark and being in that race is the ultimate motivator, but within that, there are these little, competitive things that also get my juices flowing even when we haven’t been very successful as a team.”


You can listen to my 15-minute interview with Wright, during which he also talks rebounding from injury, the back-to-back collapses, the importance of chemistry in the clubhouse, and his affinity for TV dramas…


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63 comments
Elias Rosario
Elias Rosario

Don't worry army of top MLB prospects are coming soon and they will win if they stay true to the plan and having money will make it even better and will win alot at the middle stage and end of his career because they will keep developing an army of them.lets hope they can stay developing if not your stuck with alot of old players with bad contracts.only way is to develop and fill in the holes with the so much Money left over.#facts of winning

maxster
maxster

Waive Ike, Duda to minors, save their money, sign JD Drew,  Wilmer Flores as our everyday 1st baseman.

Instant penantt contender!!!

Goorru®Mets
Goorru®Mets

No one builds through the draft. You add through the draft."

maxster
maxster

DW took less to come here!! He did the Wright thing. Hey Wilpon, I Know you don't give a DAMN about your fans, but how about keeping your word for once and give DW his left side of infield partner in S.Drew SS. Why stop now, complete your lineup, and show something to DW and the Fans. Stop always being penny wise and dollar foolish.

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

How many more posts is Matt gonna post about David hating losing? I know it's a slow time of the year but enough already.

vipregan
vipregan

Terrible about the ACL injury to Cerrone. The team could really use him right now!

MMIAA
MMIAA

IF DW was being honest and he truly believed what he was saying, he wouldn't be here.

barcamets
barcamets

Wrights a true met. He literally took 30 to 40 million dollars less than what he could have gotten from the FA market to sign with the mets. He has been by far the best met in arguably the last decade. Might even be the best third basemen in the next three fours years in baseball once MC moves to first. Also a well spoken, real and a character dude. He'd be hard to replace. LETS GO METS!!!

chasesimms
chasesimms

Losing sucks.  But being a young, single, millionaire helps ease the pain.  

Ahmed Kamel
Ahmed Kamel

I'm sick of these types of interviews. First, obviously Wright is going to preach he loves winning, not to say that he doesn't I'm sure he does, but still the topic is redundant because no one will ever admit to accepting losing. Next, I think David is a good ball player and as far as he portrays himself to the media, he is a good man as well;however, he is no Mike Piazza in my book. Regardless of the numbers, I am all about wins and moments. Piazza was exciting, every time he stepped up to the plate I got chills, he was undoubtedly the leader of the team, and the Mets at least until 2000 were a winning ball club with him as the leader, even though Franco wore the C. There were some iconic moments with Piazza, even in 2001 with the home run that revived a city, and the Mets were a losing team at that point too. With Wright, I don't really see those iconic moments I'm looking for. I mean, that 3 run homer that tied the game against the Padres in the first game at Citi was great, but the Mets still lost. The walk off against MO was nice but it's not enough. The only person on this Mets team who gives me that kind of thrill is Harvey. Yeah I know he is young and has a while to prove himself but when I think of Harvey, I just think of a winner. Whenever he took the mound, the Mets had a strong chance to win and he was/is a winner and I hope he returns as strong as he was before. When I think of Wright, idk I just think of a great player, a great man, but I also think of a losing ball club. 2005-2006 were winning seasons, but you could also make the case that he had strong protection in a hitter-friendly (friendlier than Citi Field, at least) ballpark. But even then I liked Jose more than Wright during those times anyway, to me Wright was one of those nice guys who I felt was great protection for Beltran and Delgado, not the guy who were are trying to protect, you know what I mean? I'm still looking for that Big bat that will take over NYC with Wright as a great wingman to this star. I'm not sure if it will be Granderson or not, it will probably be some big bat via trade or something. All I know is that David Wright, IMO, comes up short when I compare him to guys like Mike Piazza or Derek Jeter. I just hope that when this team does turn it around some day, I will feel differently.

Olerud42
Olerud42

If I made that much money I wouldn't care if I never won a game

WillisReid
WillisReid

Married to a model  and close to $200MM in career earnings.  Dude's already won.

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

David Wright...finds motivation in the little things.

DAVID WRIGHT:  I like turtles.

Mont5
Mont5

What is Wright saying that we already don't know. C'mon Losing Sucks that's the bottom line. I think we all know that already. I'm a competitor, I love to compete. Ugh a competitor always loves to compete what are you talking about DAVID !!!!

mkaufman1
mkaufman1

Happy season is always the best season on Metsblog!  I guess it started earlier this year than February.  How long until the post about David Wright being in the best shape of his life?  I can feel that one coming soon!

Mont5
Mont5

Great another feel good story about Wright. I really don't care what he thinks. What I do care about is having Wright hitting 30 HR's again. Which I know it will never happen again.

Erin II
Erin II

@maxster JD Drew has been retired for two years, you whining immature goofball. You`re about as dumb as a box of rocks. Just STFU and go play with some of your Christmas gifts.

r04supratt
r04supratt

Tell us how you real feel, though.

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

LOL.  Those were clown questions, bro.

Gland1
Gland1

@r04supratt He always has to play the "I'm just a fan" card, even though he makes his living running this blog and working for SNY as their Director of Digital Media.   

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@MMIAA Yeah that totally explains why he took less money to stay with the Mets and everything.  Good call.

Gland1
Gland1

@Ahmed Kamel So you just freaked out because they interviewed someone on the team who isn't your favorite player?

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

You put David in a real lineup and he is a super star. Look back at his numbers when Reyes, Beltran and Delgado were in it. Since then he's been in anemic lineups with absolutely no protection. Piazza was a different player. He was a super star regardless of who was in the lineup. He was top 5 best right handed hitters I've seen. David is a very good player. I expect better numbers with Granderson protecting him. If Chris Young has anything close to his days in Arizona watch out for David having a monster year.

chasesimms
chasesimms

@waz0787I have a comment pending, apparently because I used a word that rhymes with ducks, put starts with an s.  

Mont5
Mont5

I know, give me a break.

MMIAA
MMIAA

@mkaufman1 lets see how many times he reports early now that he is married.

Olerud42
Olerud42

@Mont5 He doesn't need to hit 30 bombs. He's been fantastic the last two seasons regardless. 

vandelay
vandelay

@Mont5 What's so special about "30 HRs".  Ike hit 30+ in 2012, but it wasn't any kind of special year and would've been viewed as total crap if Wright did it.  Wright hit 29 in 2010 and it was one of his worst seasons. I'll take Wright's overall awesome performance of the last 2 years over a few extra HRs.

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

I actually laughed out loud at your response.

Ahmed Kamel
Ahmed Kamel

No. This was just me ranting. It was my own opinion. I do agree what the other people who commented on my post had to say. And Now I know most people probably disagreed with what I said. I think the whole thing just comes down to winning and losing. Wright is a great player. Absolutely, no question. I'm just looking at this from a winning stand point. Hopefully things will turn around this year

Bob Wolfe
Bob Wolfe

@MMIAA @mkaufman1 You think he didn't have a girlfriend last February? Married or not, it doesn't matter. He'll be there. She probably comes to Florida with him.

Mont5
Mont5

Funny how Wright had his best years during the steroid era

Gland1
Gland1

If you want to laugh check out his website

chasesimms
chasesimms

@harvey33 Haa!!  Are you really upset that he didn't wish us a happy holiday?  THAT is funny!!  

The Feels
The Feels

@harvey33 Oh my GOD, go cry about it why don't you? You need the man to personally wish YOU a Happy Holidays? Hahahahahaha. That is rich. First of all, how many times does he post how happy and proud he is that his blog took off and that everyone reads and comments? A lot. He does it a lot. Grow up! 

Gland1
Gland1

@harvey33 Even the Mets sent out various holiday wishes.  Cerrone is typically tone deaf as to what his readers want.


Didn't they say they were going to fix the comment section to offer notifications on comments?

Ahmed Kamel
Ahmed Kamel

I stand corrected. Your right. I'm just sick of losing so much.

vandelay
vandelay

@Jimmy Gayron I agreed with most of what you were saying until you got to the Reyes/Delgado stuff.  Reyes' English is fine...and even if it wasn't...so what?  It's hard to learn a new language.  And Delgado had reasons for his protest...which was a silent protest..it's not like he was doing something obnoxious and disruptive.


But your stuff on Wright is on point

Jimmy Gayron
Jimmy Gayron

Wright spoke out against PED's. He has shrugged off countless attempts by pitchers to take his head off (I would've charged the mound, with the bat). He has played through a broken back among countless other injuries. He hustles and plays hard no matter what the score or the standings say. As for memorable moments, are you kidding me? The home runs off Mariano and Kimbrel, among many, many other clutch hits. Also, no home run dance and showboat. How about the bare-handed catch? Memorable moments from Reyes include showing up the manager countless times while not learning correct English after some 6 years in an American league. Delgado, how about not standing for the national anthem? Real classy.

Yes, championships are very, very important. However, in this day of greedy, shameless, showboating, me-first athletes, I'll take David Wright as the role model for my kids any day of the week.

vandelay
vandelay

@Ahmed Kamel You're complaining about nonsense. Wright's been an elite level player....one of the best in the game.....he doesn't need to just be a "wingman".  Sure the Mets haven't won very much with him...so from that standpoint I understand why you don't associate him with great team success...but that's not really his fault.  Re: Piazza, he was certainly great too, but the Mets didn't do a whole lot of winning with him either....so if that's the criteria (which it really shouldn't be...bc it takes more than one guy IMO) I don't see why he'd be viewed as so special.   And while the post 9/11 HR will always be a special thing...outside of that, I care much more about sustained greatness from players than random "iconic moments"...particularly when the iconic moments aren't associated with team success.  And I think Piazza "undoubtedly being the leader" is something that would be disputed by many around the team...including Piazza himself.

vandelay
vandelay

@Mont5 The "steroid era" was before Wright even became a MLBer.  And his last two years have been among his best.

Mont5
Mont5

Shea & Citifield is not that much of a difference

Mont5
Mont5

If you believe that Wright was always clean that will make you the dumb guy.

WillisReid
WillisReid

@Mont5 In a ballpark that wasn't the Grand Canyon, in the middle of a stacked line up.  He went down about 10 HR over the course of 600 PA's. Stop being dumb.