The All-Star game is heading to Flushing, New York this year. This is actually the first time all season that the home team, in this case the National League, will actually have talent. The Mets have been a laughing stock again this year, with a record 13 games below .500. With the season on the ropes prior to the All-Star Break, Mets fans are desperate for any slither of good news they can grasp.
In this case, it is voting David Wright, the Mets starting third baseman, as the starting 3B for the NL team. With the most recent polls showing that Wright trails San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval, (FYI, Giants fans notoriously stuf the ballots for their own players), the Mets fans, radio stations (WFAN), and the Mets front office have begun a push in support of the beloved Wright.
In the latest attempt to do so, the Mets, according to Deadspin, had interest in reaching out to Cougarlife.com. This website is a dating site for older women searching for younger men. Wright was recently voted “MLB’s hottest cub” by the lovely cougars.
The Mets made a statement regarding this media frenzy and Cougarlife.com:
“In our effort to expand All-Star balloting to wider audiences, so as to increase votes, we did reach out to Cougar Life. Last year there was a big swing of votes at the end that cost David the starting job. We decided to do everything to make sure that doesn’t happened again this year.”We ultimately elected to pass. We thank whoever leaked this to Deadspin for increasing awareness of #VOTEWRIGHTNOW AT METS.COM.”
In a surprising, yet not so surprising move, Wright wished the Mets would tone down their efforts. He admitted that he appreciated the support, but felt uncomfortable in being celebrated while the team was struggling so mightily. That is how a captain should be have.