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....
suppose these are yours, too?"
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
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
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."
players have said that, but this one makes it sound like a promise.
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like a $119 million bust in his first season with the Mets, Carlos Beltran is
having what could be a career year