David Wright angrily slammed back at Fred Wilpon for having the nerve to compare the Mets third baseman to Derek Jeter. Just kidding — Wright wasn’t angry, but he didn’t think the comparison was justified.
“In my eyes, that’s the ultimate compliment,” Wright said, according to ESPNNewYork.com. “I think it’s somewhat undeserving. But it’s humbling to be mentioned in the same sentence with him. I understand the rivalry within New York. At the same time, I don’t think you can give a player a bigger compliment.”
On Wednesday, Wilpon said, “David is a unique player. He’s an All-Star. I think David is an All-Star in all things. He’s a great person. To me, he’s our Jeter. And I think you need a core. I don’t want to put it all on his shoulders. But he gets it.”
This, coming from the same man who two years ago kicked up a firestorm of controversy when he told The New Yorker that that Wright is a “really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
So now he’s suddenly as good as Jeter, which David Wright said is just nonsense.
“The résumé kind of speaks for itself as far as what he’s done on the field. And, most importantly, he’s got a handful of rings. Literally, a handful. I think that’s most important. All in all, like I said, it’s a tremendous compliment. I can’t think of a bigger compliment.”
Perhaps David Wright will measure up to Derek Jeter some day. All he needs is is about 1,600 more hits and a few of those World Series rings that Jeter has. I think Mets fans would be happy if Wright can deliver just one championship to Flushing.