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David Wright is in the best shape of his . . . OH MY GOD look at the guns on him!

Feb 22, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

Based on how much iron David Wright apparently pumped this offseason, it would seem that he doesn’t want to depend on lower fences at Citi Field to help restore his power. Mercy.

In other news, the article goes on and on about how Jeff Francoeur is helping Wright take a better mental approach to the game. This is puzzling news given that anyone who watched Frenchie in a Braves uniform over the past five years will be shocked to learn that he even has a mental approach to the game which he can share.

To be fair, Wright was reported to have brooded and obsessed a bit during his struggles last season, and the seemingly happy-go-lucky Francouer could supply a little levity and looseness. For example, he could teach Wright not to get too down during a slump. Or to worry about the media. Or the pitch count. Or the pitch location. Or the game situation. You know, those things that get in the way of doing whatever it is Jeff Francoeur does. 

  1. BC - Feb 22, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    How you know your team is in trouble: Your best position player is taking advice from Jeff Francoeur.
    70-92, here we come….

  2. Vic Conte - Feb 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    I took “special” care of David this off-season….hahaha

  3. Roidman - Feb 22, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Looks like someone had a disappointing year and decided he needed some “special sauce”. yeah Barry, you know what i’m talkin bout!

  4. Wilbur - Feb 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Great! maybe Francoeur can teach David how to consistently swing at curveballs that land 5 feet in front of homeplate!! GREAT!!

  5. YankeesfanLen - Feb 22, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Remember the old Esquire “Why is this man smiling”? Look at the linked photo and determine for yourself, maybe Wright’s imitating Frenchie’s “ca-ca face”.

  6. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 22, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    He will turn it around this year, he is too good to have two bad
    years in a row, he is one of the good guy’s in baseball.

  7. Old Gator - Feb 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    If BC doesn’t want to make the great leap I made seventeen years ago to Feesh fanhood, he’s going to continue to suffer pangs instead of numbness. Francouer needs to work with BC a little bit too, try to get his Nardil dosage down, you know? Wright will help but an attitude adjustment wouldn’t hurt.

  8. IdahoMariner - Feb 22, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Now THAT is what a player should look like when he’s saying “I’m in the best shape of my life.” Holy Cow. Awesome. I’m obviously not a Mets fan, and don’t care how they do this year, but holy crap those are some guns…if all the players for the Mets showed up in that shape, they’d save Omar’s bacon.

  9. MetsGirl - Feb 22, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Anyone implying he used steroids needs to get their head checked. Wright has always been a good old fashioned hard worker and nothing has changed about that. His reporting weight is only 1lb more than last year’s reporting weight. Not every guy goes running to the needle. Wright is a great player with no need to junk up his body with any of that crap.

  10. John Pileggi - Feb 22, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Can you set a benchmark for what would cut back on the beating of the Mets? Just want to dimension my expectations. If it is a World Title, or a winning record, or an NL East, whatever.

  11. Craig Calcaterra - Feb 22, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    This is slamming on Jeff Francoeur. Which I have done constantly since 2006. For almost all of that time this occurred while he played for my team the Braves. The fact that he happens to be on the Mets right now is merely incidental.

  12. Charles Gates - Feb 22, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    And he’s white, so we can assume that he’s a hard worker during the offseason.

  13. MetsGirl - Feb 23, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    You’re ridiculous. I mentioned absolutely nothing about his race and it’s appalling that you have implied I believe it has anything to do with him being white. David Wright has long had a reputation as a hard worker, going all the way back to his minor league days when they had to tell him to stop working out so much. A few years ago Jose Reyes came to camp a lot more bulked up than he normally looked. It would never occur to me that this was a factor of anything other than hard work. Two guys who have never failed a drug test and who are the heart and soul of the organization. People are understandbly cynical about steroids in baseball, but if you know the type of guys they are you know it’s down to hard work and nothing else.

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