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David Wright Knows You Gotta Lick It, Before You Hit It…

Whatever It Takes, Buddy

In what was an otherwise uneventful loss to the Marlins featuring a JV starting lineup, at least one intriguing moment did arise during this afternoon’s 7-3 Marlins victory over the Mets at CitiField. As the Metros showed a little fight in the bottom of the ninth, the camera panned to David Wright who had picked up a bat in preparation for a potential pinch-hit appearance. Manuel had given D-Wright the day off, and the viewing audience got a chance to see Mr. Wright going through a little prep work.

We’re sure someone will have video of this soon enough, but his dugout ritual of lapping up the barrel of the bat seemed…well…slightly abnormal. It was a good long tongue lapping from about midway down the barrel up. Very awkward. But, then again, what do we know. If licking a little ash (ok, probably maple but it was a fat one right over the plate) helps him continue to improve his production with RISP, we’re all for it. You do your thing, David.

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    June 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Atleast he’s not choking on the bat… must be no one on base. Be clutch wright, don’t be so uptight!

  2. Christian

    June 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “At least he’s not choking on it.”

    He’s hitting .343 with RISP, and .356 with runners on. Do you actually watch baseball or do you just read blogs?

  3. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    no doubt wright is have a very good yr, but he strikes out all the time with runners on base, although admittedly his average with risp has been better of late. still he is not clutch and just for your ref. francis i watch or dvr every game. wright is not clutch.

  4. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    btw typo- having instead of have…
    ask any met fan who they want up with the game on the line? I bet it ain’t wright! read your own advice don’t just be a stats clown. btw here i use anonymous cuz i get too much spam as is, but on other sites i am mrmetfan read my comments and learn.

  5. Cecilio's Scribe

    June 2, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    thanks, mrmets. i’m with you. i said i want him to continue to improve. that’s my way of saying, not so clutch. i feel like i haven’t seen one big game-changing hit, i watch every game as well and a season tix holder.

  6. Anonymous

    June 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    alas, i take it that you cg are also chris…? no matter, luv your site! shame what happened to ur big red against the cuse in championship game. keep it going with the rockin site. btw can you address jerry manuel’s inability to think outside the box… 8th inning it’s putz again when he is hurt, schiender playing yesterday and hitting against a lefty. not pitch running for shelf with tatis or a pitcher. mostly fielding a AAAA team against johnson on sat (imagine how redding felt).?! all the best. mmf.

  7. Cecilio's Scribe

    June 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    thanks. actually not chris, but appreciate the shout-out. thanks for reading…will check up on your end a swell.

  8. Christian

    June 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Your post mentioned him choking with runners on. The stats show that simply isn’t true. Maybe you have a backlog of DVR’ed games to watch. (I kid, I kid).

    He’s had some very big hits this season (remember the SF series?), and when the rest of the team started to get injured, he really turned it on. What’s more clutch then turning it on for a prolonged stretch when your team needs it the most?

    I think David isn’t guilty of choking, but rather is a streaky hitter. When he’s hot, you can’t get him out, and when he’s cold he can look very ordinary at the plate. Thankfully, this past month and last two Septembers have shown me that David knows how to get hot at the right time, and to me, that’s being clutch.

  9. Anonymous

    June 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    baseball games eat-up alot of space on a dvr, so i think not. i root for the mets and that includes wright hence the mrmetfan (mmf) monicker. i would like nothing better than for wright to do better, but, as a diehard, i have some tough luv for my team and the mets players, and seeing the same ole every night can get to a metfan.

    further, stats are misleading, case in pt last yr wright had 125 or so rbi(s) yet he left a small village on base, ask any metfan who watched more than a few games. this yr outside of one meaningful/clutch three run hr hit at cf and that sf series, wright has done poorly with a risp most especially when there is a runner on third with less than two outs where a groundout or sf would have gotten the run in, instead he has struck out or hit a weak pop-up to an infielder or hit into a dp if a runner was on first. lastly, if you don't believe me ask around.

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