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Pirates fans booed David Wright over Pedro Alvarez snub

David WrightNew York Mets third baseman David Wright was booed by Pittsburgh Pirates fans on Friday at PNC Park, and it’s all because of a Home Run Derby snub.

This year’s All-Star Game is being played at Citi Field, so Wright was named captain of the NL Derby team. He chose Bryce Harper, Carlos Gonzalez, and longtime Virginia friend Michael Cuddyer as his teammates. Wright initially omitted Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez from the team, even though Alvarez was tied for second in the NL with 22 home runs at the time. Wright did add Alvarez to the squad after Gonzalez pulled out with an injury, but Pirates fans did not forget the initial snub. They let Wright hear it with boos on Friday, though Wright said he didn’t mind the noise.

“It’s kind of cool that they’re that passionate about their players,” Wright said after the game, via the New York Daily News. “I am not going to lose any sleep about getting booed a couple of games in Pittsburgh, that’s for sure.

“But it seems like [Pirates fans are] knowledgeable about what’s going on. And it’s kind of cool. Like I said, they’re that upset about it and passionate about it. It made for a nice atmosphere.”

Pirates fans may have had it in for Wright at first, but I’m sure the team’s 11-inning win over the Mets was all the revenge they needed.

Like Wright said, you’ll never be able to please everyone when selecting Derby teams. Someone is always going to be left out, leaving the captain will take the heat. Last year it was Robinson Cano drawing the ire of Kansas City Royals fans, and this year it’s Wright with Pirates fans.

New York Mets approached cougar dating site to help vote David Wright into All-Star Game

David WrightThe New York Mets are going all out in an effort to ensure David Wright is voted in as the starting third baseman for the NL All-Star team this year. The Mets are hosting the Mid-Summer Classic at Citi Field next month, and they don’t want to suffer the embarrassment of having their franchise player outvoted by the San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval for the second year in a row, especially when Sandoval is on the DL.

With Wright trailing Sandoval by 200,000 votes, the Mets decided to get creative in an effort to tap every single voter market possible. As reported by Deadspin, they even reached out to dating site CougarLife.com about a potential partnership that would have encouraged women to vote for Wright.

The team acknowledged on Thursday that they approached the “cougar” dating site about partnering to push Wright for the All-Star Game. The employees who explored the partnership likely got the idea after Wright won a recent vote on CougarLife.com that asked women to name the “cub” they’d most want to “round the bases with.” Wright topped Cole Hamels and Matt Kemp in the poll.

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David Wright got engaged to Molly Beers

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David Wright is having a pretty big offseason. Not only did the All-Star third baseman sign a long-term extension with the Mets, but he also got engaged.

Wright told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that he and model Molly Beers got engaged over the holidays. Beers joined Wright at his press conference announcing his contract, suggesting the two were pretty serious.

Wright and Beers’ relationship was mentioned publicly when Wright threw her a surprise birthday party in July 2008. Player Wives says the two met at the World Baseball Classic in 2006, and that they have been on and off over the years.

Wright turned 30 last month. He is entering his 10th season in the bigs.

Cheap Mets try to make it look like they spent big on David Wright when they didn’t

News broke early Friday morning that the New York Mets and David Wright agreed to terms on a 7-year contract extension. Wright is one of the best third basemen in baseball, so it’s wise of the Mets to keep him. But there’s one aspect of the agreement that is intentionally misleading. Don’t fall for the PR game.

If you look at the way the contract is being reported by WFAN’s Ed Coleman — who works for the team’s flagship radio station — what’s being highlighted is that the Mets are making Wright the highest-paid player in franchise history. They’re doing that because the Mets want people to think that they are still a financially sound club that is willing to spend big money, even though they’re not.

The truth, if Ed Coleman’s report for WFAN is to be believed, is that the Mets are giving Wright a seven-year extension for $122 million. Smart outlets are reporting the contract that way, because that’s what it is. Those falling for the Mets’ trick are calling it the “richest in team history,” or some variation of that phrase. If Wright is taking that contract, then he is agreeing to a below-market deal. Are you telling me Wright couldn’t get $150 million on the free agent market? I’ve got one answer for you: Do the Dodgers need a third baseman?

The only way Wright’s new 7-year, $122 million deal tops Johan Santana’s 6-year, $137.5 million deal is if you add in the $16 million Wright was already scheduled to make next season. The Mets are only giving him $122 million more in NEW guaranteed money. His contract falls short of Santana’s on an average annual salary basis, which means he’s not the highest-paid player on the team.

And how cheap are the Mets? They only beat Santana’s contract by a half-million dollars.

Again, this is all based on the contract details reported by WFAN. If their report proves to be inaccurate, I will apologize. Until then, don’t believe the spin on the deal; the Mets are not the big spenders they’d like you to believe they are.

David Wright was livid with Terry Collins for protecting him from getting hit by pitch

Very rarely will you come across a player who wants to be hit by a pitch, but Tuesday night in New York was an exception. During the seventh inning of the Brewers blowout win over the Mets, Ryan Braun was hit in the shoulder with a D.J. Carrasco fastball. The umpire felt that there was obvious intent, so Carrasco was ejected.

With David Wright due to lead off in the bottom of the seventh, retaliation was expected to come immediately. Mets manager Terry Collins anticipated that the Brewers would try to get even by hitting New York’s star player, so he pulled Wright from the game. That led to a very heated discussion between Collins and Wright in the dugout.

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David Wright loses bet, wears Denard Robinson jersey during practice (Pictures)

Mets owner Fred Wilpon and his son Jeff Wilpon are Michigan men. Mets third baseman David Wright is a Virginia man. When the aforementioned parties found out that Virginia Tech would be playing Michigan in the Sugar Bowl back in January, Fred called Wright to propose a friendly wager. Michigan won 23-20 in overtime, and Wright squared up with the Wilpons earlier this week at spring training by wearing a Denard Robinson jersey.

“You can’t really say no to the owner,” Wright told MLB.com according to the Detroit Free Press. “You could expect a call when they’re 3-, 3 1/2-point favorites. I thought they forgot about it and then during the meeting, they broke out the jersey. Hopefully they get a rematch next year.”

I think we can all agree that it is much more fun when Maria Menounos loses a bet.

Pictures via @metsblog and @Official_TylerJ

David Wright Tags Cameron Maybin Out on Perfect Trick Play (Video)

Pulling of an amazing play is one thing.  Executing a trick play is another.  Both make for quality highlight reel material, but why not combine the two?  Most people don’t have the skill to accomplish both tasks at most, but David Wright is not most people.  Wright made an outstanding diving stop against the Padres on Wednesday.  When he realized he probably would not have enough time to throw out the runner at first, he decided to pull one out of the old magic hat.  Check out the David Wright trick play on Cameron Maybin video:

Nothing Maybin can really do there.   I suppose you can call it a mental error, but sometimes the mind just can’t work that quickly.  If you don’t believe me, just ask UNC’s lacrosse goalie or Cerezo goalie Jin-Hyeon Kim.  Those two know a little something about being faked out of their shoes.