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Prince Of the City

In David Wright the resurgent Mets have the best of all worlds: a homegrown 23-year-old they can build around and a third baseman who is -- on and off the field -- almost too good to be true

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Wright hit .306 with 102 RBIs in his first full season; he's on pace to better those numbers this year.
Wright hit .306 with 102 RBIs in his first full season; he's on pace to better those numbers this year.
Walter Iooss Jr./SI

By Franz Lidz

The two teenage girls behind the visitors dugout at Shea Stadium are looking for Mr. Wright. The taller girl -- the one in the red sweater vest, shiny black capris and a Bubblicious-colored necktie -- looks as if she maxed out a thrift-shop gift card. Her shorter friend, who's sporting mismatched leggings and a jean jacket worn inside out, seems merely to have dressed herself in the dark.  ... To get immediate access to this complete story you must be a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED magazine subscriber. If you are not currently a subscriber, see below for a special offer.

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