David Wright doesn’t know Anthony Bosch. No one has ever linked Wright to Biogenesis. Sandy Alderson has never felt compelled to order Wright to “shut the f----k up.” Neither did Omar Minaya. He is the manager’s dream for Terry Collins that Derek Jeter has been for Joe Torre and Joe Girardi. David Wright is the anti-Alex Rodriguez. It is a big reason why you root for justice when the fan votes for the National League All-Star third baseman are tabulated later this week: David Wright starting there July 16 at Citi Field for the Mets, 13-inning, 5-4, comeback winners over the Diamondbacks last night thanks to Andrew Brown’s walkoff, 0-2 single off Josh Collmenter with the bases loaded following a Matt Harvey pinch-hit sacrifice bunt in the five-hour, 13-minute marathon. At a time when Major League Baseball is investigating whether A-Rod lied about not being a liar and a cheat, Wright embodies the virtues all commissioners crave for their sports. At a time when reporters scurry to Charleston, S.C., following a communiqué from the Yankees that their third baseman was beginning his rehab assignment tonight, Captain Right effortlessly spoils a Biogenesis curveball. “I have to be honest with you, I don’t know about it to be commenting intelligently on it,” Wright said. “I see it on the front page, and I’ll just turn and read about something else. I mean, it’s something that I haven’t followed very closely. Maybe I should be. Obviously, you never want to have baseball, a game that I love dearly, to have a black eye. So I try to go along with the philosophy ‘innocent till proven guilty,’ so we’ll see what happens.” I asked Wright if he ever had a talk with his father about performance-enhancing drugs. “No. I think it was understood at a very young age that drugs in general, no matter if it’s a street drug, whatever type of drug, that’s unacceptable,” Wright said. “It’s something that I take pride in never getting caught up in, and obviously growing up in a pretty conservative household, father’s a police officer, mother works in a school system, at a very young age I was taught if you work hard enough at something that that’s the way to attain those goals. Never try to take that easy way out. The whole do well in school and stay away from drugs [attitude] was kind of instilled in my mind at a very young age, so I’m glad I had that type of foundation growing up for sure.
Unlike that other 3B, Wright’s a credit to his Citi
New York Post | Jul 2