By James Nahikian
Last night, the New York Mets were defeated by the Milwaukee Brewers by a score of 8-0. However, that was not what the talk was about in the Mets’ clubhouse following the game. All attention was being focused on what happened between the Mets’ superstar third baseman, David Wright and the team’s manager, Terry Collins.
In the top of the 7th inning, Mets’ pitcher, D.J. Carrasco gave up a solo home run to the Brewers’ Rickie Weeks. The home run made the score 8-0. On the following pitch, Carrasco drilled the Brewers’ and last year’s National League MVP, Ryan Braun with a high fastball that hit him high and tight. Carrasco was then immediately thrown out of the game, without the typical warning that an umpire will issue if he thought that the pitcher did it on purpose. Post game, Carrasco claimed that the pitch got away from him and that it was a complete accident, but that is besides the point. In the next half inning, David Wright was set to leadoff. That was until manager Terry Collins pinch hit Jordany Valdespin for him. Wright and Collins were then shown arguing in the dugout on several occasions. After the game, Collins stated that he thought that the Brewers were possibly going to hit Wright as a form of payback, and with the game already out of hand, he was not going to risk the possibility of his team’s best player getting hit and injured.
Wright was upset by the move because he is the leader of the team. If anyone was going to be hit, he wanted it to be him. However, he said after the game that he respects his manager’s decision whether if he agrees with it or not. He also said that he loves playing for Collins, and that the incident was not as big as the audience probably thought it was.
So who was right?
Both were, in my opinion. If someone is hit by a pitch in baseball, there is an unwritten rule that states that the opposing team will react by hitting their opponents’ star player. David Wright IS that star player. And if the Brewers were going to hit him or not, Collins was not going to take that risk. Especially with the game already out of hand. He knows that for his team to be competitive every day, they will need Wright in the lineup. He is right, and I respect his decision. Not only because it was the right thing to do, but because it wasn’t the easiest thing to do and he still did it.
Wright was also right. He is the leader and face of the franchise. He wanted to be the one to take the bullet for his team. That is what a leader should want to do, and a leader never wants to be taken out of a game, no matter what. For the Mets, it is a win-win situation. Both player and manager handled it professionally, and they both have moved on after the fact. The team now knows (If they didn’t before) that they have a smart manager who will protect his players and do what is best for the team. And they also know that their star player is just that.
In baseball, not everyone can win. But in this case for the Mets, both did win.
WATCH AND READ: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/david-wright-terry-collins-argue-dugout-mets-manager-142612691.html (Yahoo Sports talks about and shows video of incident)
James Nahikian blogs about the industry of sports. And specializes in articles about the Detroit Tigers, Major League Baseball and Bowling Green State University Athletics. Email him at email@example.com And follow him on twitter @KingNahikian or facebook where you can find links to his articles and updates about future posts.