New York Mets
PITTSBURGH -- David Wright found himself in an unfamiliar role this weekend: villain. And Terry Collins says Pittsburgh Pirates fans picked the wrong player to ride when they decided to boo Wright every plate appearance during the three-game series.
Pirates fans were upset Wright, a Home Run Derby captain, left Pedro Alvarez off the original four-member NL team. Wright officially added Alvarez the day before the Mets-Pirates series.
“First of all, I love Pittsburgh. I’ve lived here. I was in the Pirates organization,” Collins said after the Mets salvaged the series finale with a 4-2 win Sunday at PNC Park. “But when you start booing David Wright, you better reevaluate what’s going on, because there’s nobody that plays the game any harder, who epitomizes what you want a major league player to be than David Wright, for heaven’s sake. And I understand their frustration, but Pedro was on the team after all.”
Asked if he was surprised the booing continued for three games, Collins dryly added: “Yeah, well, people weren’t here the first two days. They had to boo.”