NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets want David Wright to start for the National League at the upcoming All-Star Game at Citi Field … badly.
But as it currently stands, the 30-year-old trails Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the voting.
As first reported by Deadspin, a member of the Mets’ marketing department reached out to cougarlife.com, “the cougar dating site for younger hot men to meet sexy older professional women,” in an effort to get women to vote for the six-time All-Star.
Last month, the website named Wright the “hottest cub” in the major leagues.
Someone with the Mets emailed Cougar Life on Friday, writing “wondering if you would be able to blog/post a story asking your users (who apparently admire David and would love seeing him play in the All-Star Game) to go to the below link to vote David and #VoteWrightNow as he needs their help,” according to Deadspin.
Deadspin reported that the marketing employee’s bosses ended up scratching the idea to partner with Cougar Life.
“We don’t feel a partnership working together would be the image that our team and David – especially since he recently got engaged — would like to portray,” an email from the Mets read, Deadspin revealed.
On Thursday, the Mets came clean and admitted that they did, in fact, reach out to the dating website.
“Cougar Life voted David Wright as the hottest cub,” the Mets said in the statement. “In our effort to expand All-Star balloting to wider audiences, so as to increase votes, we did reach out to Cougar Life. Last year there was a big swing of votes at the end that cost David the starting job.
“We decided to do everything to make sure that doesn’t happen again this year. We ultimately elected to pass. We thank whoever leaked this to Deadspin for increasing awareness of #VOTEWRIGHTNOW AT METS.COM.”
Wright is batting .288 with nine homers and 35 RBIs for the Amazins this season.
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