A David Wright-R.A. Dickey reunion did not take long.
Wright, the face of the Mets' franchise, and Dickey, the Mets' Cy Young Award winner before being traded to the Blue Jays, Thursday were named to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. Neither selection was surprising.
"When you think about the best American pitchers you can put on a squad, R.A. has got to be on that list," said Wright, who tonight switches from his baseball talents to his poker skills — or alleged skills — ("Poker I'm not very good at because I get impatient and I start doing stupid things," he admitted) in the third annual Vegas Night in Virginia Beach, a joint venture by Wright's foundation and the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters of Norfolk, Va.
While Dickey was traded from Queens, Wright said he had no doubts his future would be bound to Citi Field, something virtually assured by his eight-year, $138 million contract extension.
"I knew a trade was always a possibility and I had no control over that, but it never got to the point where I was worried about it," Wright explained in a phone interview with The Post. "[That's] Because I told [general manager] Sandy [Alderson], I told [owner] Jeff Wilpon, I wanted to be here. This is the place I wanted to be and in return they told me they wanted me here. A trade could have happened but it never got in my mind that it would."
The big trade was exporting Dickey for a package including stud prospects, catcher Travis d'Arnaud and right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard.
"Trading a Cy Young Award winner, that's difficult," Wright said. "You understand what he's capable of doing. ... But from what I gather, the pieces we got back are pretty incredible. You're talking about building a team capable of winning year in and year out for a number of years. The pieces we've added give us the opportunity to do that."
Wright, Dickey rejoin forces in the Classic
New York Post | Jan 18