Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Wright talks injury, setting example with rehab

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon, David Wright said he hates to sit on the bench, which is why it was important to him to get back on the field last year, even  though he could have easily taken the rest of the year off to rehab his injured hamstring…

“I think, especially with how young of a team we had last year, that I show if you get hurt, you do your rehab properly, you work hard, you get back in the lineup,” he said. “That’s what you’re supposed to do. I understand you want to be careful with injuries, but — in my eyes — there’s no room for taking too long, relaxing and making a vacation out of it. You do your rehab, you get back on the field and you play.”

I love this answer. I was one of my people who thought he should have taken the end of the year off, rest and be sure he was healthy and ready for 2014, but the man makes a good point. What type of example would that have sent? Fans and media talk a lot about the importance of ‘playing like a winner,’ team chemistry’ and ‘culture,’ but often revert back to stats and thinking about the game in a very black-or-white way. This is an example of the type of psychology that doesn’t have a column on the stat page, but which is important and so difficult to quantity.


Also during the 15-minute interview, Wright talks about the difficulty of playing on teams that under-perform, the importance of chemistry in the clubhouse, and his affinity for TV dramas…


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34 comments
David Wright
David Wright

Get Captain America more help while he is still in his prime. Didn't the crappy cardinals have success without Wainwright a few years ago, as we can do while Harvey recovers. Chris Young was a waste of 7.25M but Grandy and Tolo will help. Brandon Phillips and Asdrubal would make a nice upgrade up the middle. Moving Murph to first for sure.

vandelay
vandelay

I'm glad he wanted to and was able to come back and play. But he made it back for what...a week?   I don't think it would've set a  "bad example" if they decided just to play things cautiously and shut him down

MMIAA
MMIAA

David Wright is such a good boy.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Wight is the greatest Met we ever had. Too bad we won't be getting a championship with him.

hashburry
hashburry

Wright came back and they won the division, if I remember correctly.  It was amazing!

tommets
tommets

I could only imagine what would have happened had Wright not resigned. Who would have been our team leader? Who would have Sandy signed? There could have even been the possibility of Sandy signing nobody else since they were taking the super cheap route until this year. We all should be very grateful for Wright to take such a huge discount to stay with the Mets. Many GMs were asked what they would have given Wright and a large majority said around $190-$200 mil. That means he took about a $60 mil pay cut. That's just amazing. He wouldn't do that had he not believed in this team. LGM

RS
RS

I'm one of my people who is frustrated with endless proofreading mistakes...

WillisReid
WillisReid

Very excited to see what kind of year Wright has with some legit LH protection behind him for the first time in a while.  

Erin II
Erin II

This is an example of the type of psychology that doesn’t have a column on the stat page, but which is important and so difficult to quantity."


It`s quantify, dopey. Quantity would be relative to how many commas you improperly use, as well as how many times you say UMM, while on the phone with David.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Wright is a great player and a great guy. That said, if he had gotten a serious injury at the end of a losing season, no one would be talking about how he set the right example. We would be talking about how stupid it was for him to be out there. Also, winning some games down the stretch of the season almost cost us a protected 1st round pick. I think David should have sat out the end of the season.

John Cucci
John Cucci

Does he ever say the wrong thing?

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

Can't say anything bad about how Wright carries himself on and off the field. He's been so durable through his career....though its worth mentioning 2 of the last 3 seasons he's played 102 and 112 games, missing 60 and 50 games respectively. Hopefully those years are anomalies.  

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Can we put Fred and Jeff on Waivers ? Now that would be a great holiday present for all Mets fans giving them their Unconditional Release even if nobody picks them up.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

We are a strong bat or two away from being a contender. If our young stud arms stay healthy, after Harvey returns from TJ surgery, we could have a dominant pitching staff. If Sandy can upgrade SS and 1B, with good hitters, this team has a legit shot at contention over the next few years. I don't feel as hopeless as I have for the last few years.

Agee's Catch
Agee's Catch

One of my people?

Momma would call that the pot calling the kettle black.

WillisReid
WillisReid

@RS At this point you have to look at it like the mistakes are part of the identity of this blog.  There are at least 3 other blogs that do a much better job, but this is the one if you have an appreciation for the same content getting reposted repeatedly and constant grammatical errors.  


After time it will be like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, people will accept it for what it is.  Maybe they will eventually refer to it as the "Grammatically Incorrect Metsblog" in order to help differentiate it from other Mets blogs.

gloveman
gloveman

@John Cucci I just think that he thinks before he speaks. And that almost seems rare these days

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

It would be great if David can play a full season this year. If it means giving him a strategic day of every once in a while, you do that.

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

Lol no one would pk them up

RS
RS

@Agee's Catch it's a joke that went over your head

see the article above:

"I love this answer. I was one of my people who thought he should have taken the end of the year off, rest and be sure he was healthy and ready for 2014, but the man makes a good point."

Why should the site bother with proper English if the readers are not great readers? ;)

Ryan Flanagan
Ryan Flanagan

@WillisReid @RS Its a disturbing trend nation-wide. People are becoming dumber at accelerating rates. Learn to read and write correctly you moronic masses. It's embarrassing that people know how to tweet but can't spell and use proper punctuation. Being an idiot is not a good look. This blog exemplifies these qualities. I will say Maggie writes well and is quite refreshing compared to some of the other grammatical bombshells that I read on here.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I know David doesn't like to sit, but that is the manager's job. Sometimes you have to protect players from themselves.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Maybe now that Collins has a two year contract, he will be more careful with his star player. Last year, he was coaching for his job. Maybe this year he will do the right (Wright?) thing. We can hope anyway.

gloveman
gloveman

@Ken Thall @kenmetskni I bet D. Wright is a hard guy to give a day off to. And I don't think Collins is anything close to tough!