David Wright To Mets: ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’
NEW YORK (WFAN) — David Wright isn’t exactly pleased with the way last season went for the Mets.
“Internally, the idea is that things haven’t gone the way that we’ve expected them to go now that I’ve been here seven years,” Wright told the New York Post on Monday. “It’s to the point now where you’ve got to put up or shut up.”
The normally reserved third baseman admitted that it’s time the Mets “get it turned around in the right direction.”
“With what we’ve had the last couple of years, it hasn’t worked, and I’m just as much at fault as anyone else,” Wright said.
Wright agreed with the Flushing faithful who long to see a return to the scrappy play of 2006, when the Mets landed just one win shy of the World Series.
“When it’s all said and done, I want to win, and we haven’t done that,” said Wright. “I just know how special it was the season that we had in ’06. It was so much fun. I haven’t had that since, and I miss it.
“It’s addicting, and when you don’t get it, you get antsy, and so I want to get back to that. We have to be a team on a mission, no question about it. We have a lot of guys who have to go out there and try to prove themselves this year.”
Fred Wilpon and the Mets announced in January that they will consider seeking a minority partner to invest in the franchise. Wright isn’t too concerned.
“Getting down here and playing baseball, you don’t have to listen to every day what’s going on in that situation,” he said. “Once you walk across these lines, it’s almost like a sanctuary. That’s one of the best things for me, to get back out on the baseball field. You don’t have to think about everything.”
Wright thinks the Mets can compete in 2011, and has a message for any teammates who think otherwise.
“If there’s anybody on this team that doesn’t think that we can play with the other teams in the National League East, then we should get rid of them.”
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