Doesn't this issue feel a little bit similar to the whole Joba fist pump nonsense. Do you remember the name of the person who was banging the drum on that issue? The Wright issue has turned into sports politics with people falling on one side or the other and very little in between and no one really listening.
Today there are stories in a few papers about the Wright issue, both for and against.
The Post says trading the third baseman would be a mistake. This makes First Time Long Time very happy. Mike Vaccaro of the Post calls the decision to break up the core "foolish, and short-sighted." Add that to the list that people are calling Mike. Here is a snippet from the Post that goes back in history to the Brooklyn Dodgers. He also uses a more recent example of the Phillies keeping their core together. For those who want Wright on the Mets, this is a good read.
John Harper of the Daily News says that Omar has to at least think about trading Reyes or Wright. But is more in the camp of those who say Delgado gotta go.
If you are Minaya, then, you have to conclude that all of these failures in the clutch are no coincidence, and to win a championship you have to be willing to take a chance and make a move that goes beyond finding some new arms for the bullpen.
With that in mind, I think Minaya has to at least keep an open mind about trading either David Wright or Jose Reyes if a blockbuster deal is out there to be made. It's probably not realistic to think he'll pull the trigger there, however, and it's still too soon to give up on either of them as chokers.
NEWSDAY: which i never read puts it pretty simply:
"Waste a second contemplating trades of Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes or David Wright. Those are assets, not liabilities."
THE NY POST
It is worth remembering that the MetsNew York Mets ' spiritual antecedents, the Brooklyn Dodgers, endured back-to-back Septembers that were even more apocalyptic than what these Mets endured. They lost in 1950 when the Phillies' Dick Sisler hit a homer in the top of the 10th inning of game 154. They lost in 1951 when Bobby Thomson hit a homer in the bottom of the ninth of game 157.
In this very newspaper, the great Jimmy Cannon posed this question: "The Dodgers make you wonder if there is something wrong with them that can't be found in a boxscore. Can they keep going back to the drawing board with the same pieces of chalk?"
The answer was an unequivocal "yes." They kept coming back, year after year, with the same core. Of the nine men who started the final playoff game against the GiantsNew York Giants in 1951, six of them - Carl Furillo, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Don Newcombe, Jackie Robinson - started Game 1 of the 1955 World Series four years - and three additional heartbreaks - later. And a seventh, Roy Campanella, would have been in both lineups if he hadn't been hurt in '51.
The good people of Brooklyn prayed for Gil Hodges, who as a young player struggled every bit as much in the clutch as David Wright; it was Hodges who hit the go-ahead home run in Game 7 of the '55 Series. It would serve the good people of Flushing well to remember that.
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