David Wright filled up a boxscore — three at-bats, a hit, a run, an RBI, a strikeout — and then filled up a box with the items he needed for an extended road trip.
There was a 4 p.m. deadline to ship out his equipment to Arizona in preparation for the World Baseball Classic and Wright fretted he would forget something and throw off his routine. So he packed and packed some more. In between, he took handshakes and hugs from teammates wishing him well and a joking — I think — request from Ike Davis to use what will now be an unused locker.
“See you soon,” Wright said to Jordany Valdespin, “but, hopefully, not too soon.”
Wright is in it to win it. He wants to be gone 2 1/2 weeks, help Team USA get to and win the March 19 final. His enthusiasm for the endeavor was overt as he spoke about the pride and the patriotism and purpose to help build the sport that he had being part of the event in 2009 and again now.
But still there was this lingering question that I kept coming back to and that Wright and I never did really come to peace with in terms of an answer — Win what?
What does being champion of the WBC mean? There is the inherent problem that baseball is a serial game that determines its best teams over extended periods rather than in a World Cup fashion. You also have the issue of just how game-ready these players are to perform at a high level and what kind of cohesion can be expected from such a hurried arrangement.
Like Wright, all stars need to play in the WBC or it should go away
New York Post | Mar 2