Yeah I’ll take Squints because he helps me with my homework, Smalls because he’s nice, myself, and Yeah-Yeah because I like his style. Sorry, Benny. No hard feelings.
In a way I’m glad that David Wright glossed over Domonic Brown and his 23 home runs whilst selecting the National League’s Home Run Derby participants because, uh, remember Bobby Abreu in 2005, the year he won the derby with a ridiculous – yet fluid – uppercut:
But Wright’s reason for selecting Michael Cuddyer – to join himself, Carlos Gonzalez and Bryce Harper – over Brown and others was a bit lame: [NY Daily News]
“I did it as easy as I knew possible. At the time when they needed to know who I was picking, I took the National League home run leader. I took the guy that won the fan poll — the guy who the fans really wanted to see in the Home Run Derby. So you have CarGo and Bryce Harper,” Wright said. “And that left me with the ‘Ryder Cup captain’s pick.’ I grew up with Michael. I think that he’s one of the more underrated players in the game. And, obviously, the friendship had something to do with it. And his production had a lot to do with it. You’re talking about a guy that’s got 15 or 16 homers. He had a 27-game hitting streak. For me, that was my choice.”
Wright said these were his first three choices, but it was not an easy task to pick a team.
“I really am sorry. Carlos Beltran, Domonic Brown, [Paul] Goldschmidt, [Joey] Votto, [Pedro] Alvarez — the original list that I had, I had all of those guys,” Wright said. . The three guys that I asked to do it all said yes and jumped at it. Those are the three guys I originally asked and those are the three guys that said yes last week. It’s a lot tougher than you would think it is. And you don’t want to leave anybody out. And there’s obviously guys that I left out. I apologize for that. Some people had to get left out.”
Yes, and that would include Brown, who has the second most home runs in the National League, and players 3-11 on that list. Nice choices.
Remember a couple weeks ago when Cougar Life, a dating site for women who want to grasp (the) members of the opposite sex, named Cole Hamels the second most desirable Major Leaguer just behind (but not too close to) David Wright? Well! Boy did the Mets see an opportunity. It goes like this: We want David Wright to be an All-Star, but we don’t have fans to vote for him. So hey let’s have the skeevy ladies over at Cougar Life write a blog post about how they would love to insert Wright into their ballot box twice tonight, once tomorrow and then on alternating weekends through July. What can possibly go wrong?!
When a Mets marketing staffer reached out to Cougar Life, the dating site was thrilled about the chance to write about Mr. “Right,” as they call him. They were also quite opportunisitic, first acknowledging that Wright was recently engaged… then requesting, well, this:
If by chance he recently became single, we would love to do a “win a date” contest!
Oh those cougars, always prowling. After all, an engaged young man is the forbidden fruit. [Never mind the fact that he's also probably at the least likeliest stage of his life to be interested in sampling a more refined fare.]
A few days later, the Mets ran the idea up their chain (pyramid?) of command… it wasn’t met with approval. The organization thought that aligning their recently engaged star third baseman with a website that sometimes uses the slogan “for motherfuckers: come inside”…
… wasn’t a good idea. They had to back out of their own request, and then released a hilarious statement to Deadspin:
“Cougar Life voted David Wright as the hottest cub. 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 happened again this year. We ultimately elected to pass. We thank whoever leaked this to Deadspin for increasing awareness of #VOTEWRIGHTNOW AT METS.COM.”