It was only a matter of time before David Wright was asked about the Phillies, and the entire NL East for that matter, hating the Mets' guts, especially after the Phillies rode their Mets hatred to a World F'n Championship. Well, not that he sounded too convincing, but Wright returned serve.
"I don't like those guys," Wright said. "I know they don't like us. There are guys that I respect on that team. I respect them, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I'm going to be friends with them. My whole career, I've tried to stay away from that. I'll shake somebody's hand and say hello, but I'm not going to be buddy-buddy with anyone before the game.
"I'm not a big fan of the teams in our division just because we play them so much. I would hope as a competitor that you would have that edge, that you would have a genuine interest to go out there and beat them by as much as you can."
Far from a blanket statement. Sounds like Wright was kinda nudged into saying that. Besides, it's not like Wright's bitter or anything. Far from it.
"As far as the Phillies winning, I'm not bitter about it," Wright said. "I'm disappointed that we didn't cash in on the opportunity to get into the playoffs. It's something where they deserve it. They played their best baseball at the right time of the year, and that's something we weren't able to do the last two years. It's a simple formula.
"This might be the optimistic side for me, but it makes it more of an attainable goal for us. Seeing a team from your division that you've played 18, 19 times, that you've played well against, go on to win the World Series, it hits a little closer to home.
"It's a silver lining. It's a positive. But that was my first thought when the Phillies won the World Series. I was like, 'Wow, a team from our division going on to win the World Series.' So why not us? Why can't we do that?"
It's the dancing. It's all the dancing. Stop dancing. Then you'll win a World Series.
Not that I subscribe to that, but Mitch Williams said it, so it must be true, right? But hey, the Phillies are world champions. So why would they care anything about what David Wright says, right? They wouldn't use this as motivation ... I mean, why would they?
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Oh, who am I kidding, they're probably already feeling disrespected. I'd be willing to bet that the very picture of Wright raising his hand attached to this post is already up in Shane Victorino's locker right now.
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