David Wright, in an interview with Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, said his Mets were still behind in the NL East, as long as the Phillies are division champs.
“The team to beat in my eyes is the team that won last year. Philadelphia took care of us last year. They took care of business in the division. Going into this year, we have to take control again of the NL East.”
Not much else was really said by Wright, only that he thinks acquiring Johan Santana means the ghosts of 2007 have flown. We’ll see about that. It takes a lot to erase a giant collapse.
I respect Wright and consider him one of baseball’s best hitters. And yeah, I’d have him on the Phillies any day. For Wright to consider the Phillies the team to beat is high praise from him, and it’s good to hear him say that the Phils contributed just as much to the division win as the Mets’ collapse.