“#Listen to Episode 12 of ‘Amazin’ But True’: Mets Season Preview, Predictions feat. David Wright, Howie Rose”
July 23, 2020 | 4:57pm
The 30-man roster is now set and the Mets are limping a bit into Opening Day Friday, when they will take on the Braves at Citi Field. To break down everything going on with the Mets, we present to you a brand new episode of the “Amazin’ But True” podcast with me and Nelson Figueroa. This is a really special episode, featuring an interview with the Captain, David Wright.
Figgie and I open up the show getting into Marcus Stroman’s calf injury and what it means to the Mets’ rotation and bullpen. Can the Mets trust Corey Oswalt to be the fifth starter? Should Mets fans be concerned with the injuries to the pitching staff? We break down the 30-man roster, who should have made it and who should not have. David Peterson not being on the roster is a head-scratcher. We then give out our predictions for the Mets and World Series this season.
Longtime Mets radio voice Howie Rose then joins us. Howie is now a friend of the program after appearing on the podcast back in April. Rose gets into what the season will be like for him calling road games from Citi Field, watching a monitor. He also predicts what the team will do this season and gives us his favorite David Wright memory.
Mets legend, the Captain, No. 5… David Wright, then joins us. Wright talks about what he’s up to now being a dad and a front office advisor for the Mets. He gets into his final game with the Mets and how emotional it was for him. Wright discusses learning from Mike Piazza at the beginning of his career, his favorite Mets memory and if he would manage or coach one day. He also discusses the frustrations that went with rehabbing and dealing with spinal stenosis. Wright talks about being captain of the team and what went into that. The Captain also talks about what he expects from the Mets this season and if he prefers Shea Stadium or Citi Field.
Wright on his favorite Mets memory:
“The World Series, no question. I grew up in the Virginia Beach area in Virginia. I will never forget whether it was in the backyard with my grandpa or if my dad made a fish net and tied it between two trees in my backyard and made a T with concrete and PVC pipe and the rubber. And I will never forget my dad saying, ‘Game 7 of the World Series, bases loaded, two outs, and in steps David Wright, and wack, a homer!’ To be able to think back on that and put that World Series patch on your jersey, to this day is the greatest thrill for me. Being able to talk about the World Series and tell people I played in it and the emotion and the hanging on every pitch. I certainly wish the outcome would have been different, but, I display that National League champs ring pretty proudly. I missed the first part of that season obviously coming back from an injury. To be able to work through that, to come back and finish the season semi-strong, play in the postseason and have these guys get us there and make it to the World Series; there’s not a lot of players that get a chance to say they played in the World Series and I could say that and I say it proudly.”
Wright on potentially coaching or managing one day:
“I don’t see it. I’m enjoying coaching my three and four year old co-ed tee ball teams. That’s probably the extent of my coaching career. I’ve never really been into coaching that much. I kind of enjoy the role I’m in now and getting the chance to be around the game but also be away from it and be a husband and a father. Just talking baseball with you guys, it gets my appetite going and wanting to get involved in baseball more. I get a chance to go to spring training for a week and work with some of the younger players and be in some of the meetings with the front office guys that make the decisions, and if someone asks me a question, I’m there for them to answer. That gets me back into the game on a part time basis. But, anything more than that probably just isn’t for me. I do enjoy being around the game. I love talking about the game and working around the younger players. I certainly miss the competitive aspect of it, but I don’t think coaching is for me.”
Catch up on all episodes of “Amazin’ But True,” a New York Mets podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Jake on Twitter @JakeBrownRadio and Nelson @FiggieNY. The next episode of the show drops Monday.
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