At the risk of sounding a bit barbaric and a brute (despite being a female), I like seeing fights break out between two teams. It shows the passion the players have for the game and the connection they have with each other.
It shows that respect is not expected, but demanded.
David Wright actually showed some of this passion the other night as Team USA beat the Nederlands.
After Bryan Engelhardt hit a home run, he decided to stand back and just admire his little feat.
Well, needless to say, our little Mr. Wright did not take too kindly to it and charged up the steps to yell at him. If you saw the anger in his face, you would have interpreted it the same way I did:
Hey Stupid! Go around and touch the bases. Get your ass moving already!
I love it!
After Engelhardt rounded the bases, drama ensued. Matt Lindstrom did not take too kindly to what I like to call, the “Wow-I-Never-Did-That-Before-And-Might-Never-Again” stance. So when Vince Rooi came to the plate, Lindstrom said “hello and how do you do” with a fastball to the butt.
The Nederlands players were not fond of that. They came charging out of the dugout ready to fight. Team USA was ready. I do have to say the Dutch have greatly exaggerated it. Lindstrom did not throw at his head.
This is something I think the Mets need more of. They need to protect each other.
Wright needs to stop throwing his helmet on the ground whenever he does not get the hit that he is looking for. He needs to take out that aggression in defending his teammates and with the bat. He needs to challenge that energy.
Pitchers have thrown behind our players and not once have I seen Wright, or any of the other guys, get up ready to fight. The bullpen is always ready to throw down.
Wright always seems to have that, “can’t we all just get along?” attitude. If he’s going to have that attitude for Team USA, he better bring it to the Mets.
He calls himself a captain of this team. He better act like him. Defend your team. Fight for honor! Helmet throwing is not a part of that. It’s called throwing a tantrum. Something Jose Reyes used to do all the time.