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Mets approached “Cougar Life” dating website in attempt to get All-Star votes for David Wright

Jun 13, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

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David Wright lost out to the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval in the balloting for the National League third base job on the All-Star team last season and he’s trailing him again in the voting this year. However, with the All-Star Game at Citi Field next month, the Mets are trying to pull out all the stops to get their hometown player into the starting lineup. And their push took them to an interesting place.

According to Deadspin, the Mets approached the niche dating website “Cougar Life” last Friday to see if they would be interested in promoting Wright’s All-Star campaign. That’s right, “Cougar Life.” There is a little bit of history with this website, as Wright apparently won something called “MLB’s Hottest Cub” earlier this year.

Anyway, after some back and forth, the Mets backed out of the potential arrangement. Still, the emails from the Mets were leaked to Deadspin, which was enough for the team to release a statement this afternoon.

“Cougar Life voted David Wright as the hottest cub. In our effort to expand All-Star balloting to wider audiences, so as to increase votes, we did reach out to Cougar Life. Last year there was a big swing of votes at the end that cost David the starting job. We decided to do everything to make sure that doesn’t happened again this year. We ultimately elected to pass. We thank whoever leaked this to Deadspin for increasing awareness of #VOTEWRIGHTNOW AT METS.COM.”

Cougars vs. Pandas? I get the angle.

While Wright is appreciative of the Mets’ efforts, he told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York after today’s loss that he has asked the team to scale back their promotional efforts for him, especially during games at Citi Field.

“You appreciate what they’re trying to do, and they’re very good-hearted. At the same time, this is a team game. As much as I’d like to be here to represent this team in the All-Star Game, we can’t let this become an in-between-inning, one-player production. Especially with the way we’re playing as a team, I feel very uncomfortable being singled out for All-Star-Game-type stuff.”

As for being named “Hottest Cub,” Wright said, “I guess I’d like to thanks my parents for the genes.” It’s ultimately a little embarrassing for all involved, but at least Wright has a sense of humor about the whole thing.

  1. chill1184 - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Deadspin pond scum making mountains out of molehills

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Deadspin is awesome.

      • Old Gator - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        They need to send Cougar Life closeups of Wright’s tushy. That’ll put him over the edge. Cougars love a tight tushy in polyester.

  2. pipkin42 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    This is the Mets-iest thing that has ever happened. Or at least the Wilpon-Mets-iest

    • Glenn - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Lenny Dykstra may be the “Metsiest” thing ever. That or that Bobby Bonilla is still collecting a paycheck. Imagine still making payments on a ’72 Dodge Dart Swinger that has long ago been crushed into scrap metal to make rebar for an iPod factory in China.

      • pipkin42 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:01 AM

        Lenny Dykstra had one season with the Mets over 4 WAR, then he got much better when they traded him to the Phillies right as he was entering his prime.

        Oh wait, yeah, that’s exactly the Mets. At least they won that World Series the best year he had with them. Also, the year before his 8.9 WAR season with the Phillies he was hurt and a slightly below replacement level guy, so I guess the Mets can’t fully be blamed.

        Anyway, Dykstra has an interesting BR page. He really had a short career.

  3. j0ey15 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    How Sandoval is ahead of Wright is a joke all by itself

    • duckthefodgers - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      How so? Sandovals stats are almost identical to Wrights. Wright has 1 more hr, Sandovals is better in all the rest slightly.

      • pipkin42 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:05 AM

        Wright OPS+: 140
        Sandoval OPS+: 117

        Wright BR-WAR: 3.2
        Sandoval BR-WAR: 0.9

        Add to this the fact that Wright has usually been regarded as a good fielder and Sandoval kind of a bad one, and I would say you are wrong.

        Ohhhh. You were looking at BA and RsBI. Don’t do that.

  4. knowlegeforyou - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I voted for wright because I care about home field advantage. Thank god Scuttero isn’t in the lead for 2B

  5. 13arod - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    i voted for wright but like panda better :)

    • Old Gator - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      I don’t like pandas at all. During the rainy season in Macondo, I have to spray my bamboo three times a week to kill the little vermin. Just take your magnifying glass and look at where the leaf stem joins the stalk; see those little black and white spots? Those are the larvae. They’re not like scale. Ladybugs won’t eat them because of the fur. Spray, spray, spray. The only thing I hate more is meerkats.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

        Plus, there’s too much cushy in the tushie.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        Pandas don’t have tushies. They have rumps. I guess you could say that there are excessive humps in their rumps.

        Or something.

  6. thebadguyswon - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    They are fairly equal as players. The difference being the Giants have an energized fanbase and the Mets fan base is mostly apathetic. That’s going to make the difference. No way Wright wins, MILFS or not.

  7. chaseutley - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Chicago is so bad that their hottest player plays for the Mets! Wokka Wokka!

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:03 AM

      The Wokka Wokka sealed the deal on that joke.

  8. frosted21 - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Mets…this sounds like a Jets story. Not really that big a deal tho.

  9. kiwicricket - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    How is Gleeman not handling this post??!

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