David Wright, who is 31 years old and entering his 11th big-league season, is feeling a sense of urgency to win.
“Obviously, I’d like to win before I get to the point where I just feel like I can’t do it at a high level anymore,” Wright said Thursday at Tradition Field. “I still feel like I’ve got a lot in the tank, but at the same time I know how fast these 10 years went by.”
That said, while he understands the need for instant gratification in the New York market, he believes Sandy Alderson is going about rebuilding the Mets in the right way, saying:
“We had a lot of holes to fill. … It probably was somewhat unrealistic to think all of those holes were going to be filled in one offseason by free agents. … It’s not an overnight fix. … You can’t sit and rebuild an entire culture and you can’t rebuild an entire team in one offseason. It’s going to be up to some of the guys who have been here to do their part, as well. When you don’t have success for the number of years that we haven’t had success, you can’t just get rid of the whole team and go buy a whole new team. It just doesn’t work that way. … If you spend more money in the one offseason, you kind of get into the situation where we were a couple of years ago. That doesn’t help you all that much, either, if it doesn’t work out. … The flip side of that is you go out there and you go on this big spending spree, unless you’re the Yankees or the Dodgers right now, that kind of hamstrings you a little bit down the road. And that’s kind of the situation we got ourselves into earlier. … The fan side of me wants them to go out there and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on every player we can possibly get to make our team better now. But there’s a part of me that says I want to have sustained success once we do have that success. The only way to do that is when you have off-seasons where you have money coming off the books at the same time where you need to add money.”
For what it’s worth, Wright was sporting a new Macklemore-like haircut while talking to media outside the clubhouse in St. Lucie.
“I got good flow,” he joked, when asked about it. “Is the flow good?”
To listen to the entire 15-minute discussion Wright had with reporters today in St. Lucie, click here.