The text from Joe Torre to David Wright said it all: “Can’t wait to get going.’’
The World Baseball Classic will bring together Torre, the former Yankees manager who will manage Team USA, and Wright, the Mets third baseman who will leave for Arizona tomorrow. Team USA begins play next Friday and, for Wright, the emotions will kick in long before he hits the field.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling walking into the clubhouse the first time and seeing your last name on one of those USA jerseys,’’ Wright told The Post.
Wright has a deep love for America, having grown up in Norfolk, Va., in the shadows of Naval Station Norfolk, which houses the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces. His father, Rhon, is the assistant police chief in Norfolk, and Wright will make a point to visit on the field with his friend and inspiration, wounded war veteran Felix Perez, when the WBC shifts to Miami.
Playing for Torre is a highlight, too. In some ways, Wright could become Torre’s Derek Jeter on this team. After all, Mets owner Fred Wilpon already has said Wright is “our Jeter.’’
Minus the rings, of course.
“I’ve gotten a couple texts the last couple days from Joe and how excited he is,’’ Wright said. “I look up to Joe so much, especially playing against him. It’s not every day you get a chance to play for Joe Torre and I’m going to try to go out there and do whatever I can.’’
Wright proudly represents red, white and blue in WBC
New York Post | Mar 1