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Prince Of the City
FRANZ LIDZ
May 29, 2006
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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May 29, 2006

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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"Uh, yes."

She plunged in yet again and drew forth copies of Ebony, Jet, XXL, King, Smooth, Essence, Black Enterprise, Black-Gen, Black Men's Swimsuit Extra....

"And I suppose these are yours, too?"

Wright lowered his head and whispered, "Yes, ma'am."

Floyd was at the back of the line and missed the interrogation. "When David told me what had happened," he says, "I laughed and laughed and laughed." Still, Wright carried Floyd's bags the rest of the season without complaint. "David told me he was happy to," says Floyd. "Nothing fazes the kid."

Even a salary snub. In March the Mets stuck to their structured pay formula and renewed Wright's contract at $374,000, not much above the league minimum. "I didn't agree, but that's life," he says with a small sigh. "I make a lot more money than both my parents combined, so, to my mind, I've got it pretty good. How many other 23-year-olds get to play a game for a living and act like a kid? The worst day on a ball field is better than the best day in any office."

What will happen if Wright grows up and the game grows old? "I refuse to have a bitter taste in my mouth about this game," he says, flatly. "As soon as baseball becomes a job, as soon as I stop caring, as soon as the smile goes away, I'll hang up my spikes and do something else."

A thousand players have said that, but this one makes it sound like a promise.

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