The New York Mets and principal owner Fred Wilpon are all over the news Monday, thanks to a few choice remarks Wilpon made about his team in a lengthy profile, written by Jeffrey Toobin, in the New Yorker. Wilpon criticized shortstop Jose Reyes, he criticized outfielder Carlos Beltran, and he criticized third baseman David Wright, saying that Wright is "a very good player" but "not a superstar."
It's maybe not the harshest or even the most unfair criticism of a baseball player ever made, but it's the sort of thing you expect to hear from a fan in the bleachers, not the team's owner. Via Andy Martino, we get Wright's reply:
Email from Wright: "Fred is a good man and is obviously going through some difficult times. There is nothing more productive that I can say at this point."
Not a bad approach on Wright's part, and Amazin' Avenue takes a minute to recognize his class. There's no need for Wright to get caught up in this when he has other, more important things to worry about.
Meanwhile, Mets manager Terry Collins declined to comment at all. Also a good approach. The whole Wilpon/Madoff mess will forever be a source of drama until it's resolved, but the team's actual players and coaches seem insistent on focusing on the task at hand, which is trying to remain relevant in the NL playoff race.