David Wright has said that without a doubt he will be back on the field in September for the New York Mets. For the sake of the Mets and the 2014 season, he should let his injured hamstring have extra time to heal for the touted 2014 New York Mets.
I know that David Wright isn’t the type of player to sit out if he feels like he is in playing shape; it’s one of the many reasons that he is so loved in New York. With the 2013 having no meaning for October baseball, the risk of Wright hurting himself again isn’t worth the ticket sales it might bring in. Wright is a huge key to the success of this team going forward and he needs to be 100 percent for Opening Day next year.
In his absence, the team has played quite well and has allowed rookies like Wilmer Flores to see time at the big league level, giving them exposure and possibly increasing their trade value. With nothing to gain from him being on the field, it makes more sense to allow these rookies to see time (September call-ups are right around the corner), get a look at some players and then have a plan for 2014.
Wright is a player; he hates the fact that he’s hurt in the first place. He wants to be on the field with his team helping them win games as soon as he can. But Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson need to sit down with Wright and tell him that he means more to the team in 2014 than he does right now, with the potential to hurt himself again putting next season in jeopardy.
He needs to understand that a couple of games in September don’t matter in comparison to important games in 2014. He bought into the future of the Mets when he signed his extension with the team, now he needs to realize that he means everything to this team in terms of his leadership and his play on the field.
For free agents to want to come to the Mets, they need to buy into the plan. Part of that includes David Wright being healthy and in the lineup. Any chance of a World Series ring in Flushing starts and ends with the Capitan. His value goes deeper than his play on the field and that’s why he should sit out in September. He needs to look at the bigger picture and how he can help beyond this year.