After watching what should have been two errors in the second inning of last night's Mets-Braves game in Atlanta, a storm of issues come to mind. I am a firm believer that last year's collapse was mostly mental.
Blame the bullpen, front office, or management all you want, this team, day in and day out, was making mental errors. To top it off, I can still see images of Louis Castillo slamming his elbows against the back of the dugout, Carlos Delgado's constant deer-in-the-headlights looks, and Jose Reyes's usually genuine smile looking worried.
In 2007, mental lapses were occurring left and right with these guys. And at first they excused it with the whole "we're so good it's boring" charade. Now, I respect emotional play, it's fun to see a player celebrate or do the opposite in a big moment. And I respect when these top athletes expect a lot out of themselves and give an occasional freak out after a bad performance.
But at a certain point, it just becomes baggage. Baggage that you're forced to carry with you at the plate, on the mound, in the field, on the basepaths, and in the dugout. David Wright is carrying baggage right now.
If you've tuned into a recent Met game, you've noticed something different about David. He's throwing his helmet after seemingly every at-bat, he seems to be more inclined for errors in the field, and, while I can't attest myself, he must be no fun in the clubhouse.
David is notoriously hard on himself and slumps bring out the worst of that. He's quoted to have insomnia issues while in past slumps. But this is going to an insane degree. After grounding to short in his first at-bat last night, he merely ripped off his gloves and walked back to the dugout in disgust.
The good news is, Wright, after coming into the day 1-for-18, went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Coupled with the Phillies' loss, the Mets have regained the lead in the NL East.
Is this a slump buster for David? Time will tell. After the hole he dug for himself, I personally think it will take a lot more production before he can give a genuine smile again. Let's hope that is soon to come.
Can't you just see the add in the New York Post.
Manager wanted, experience preferred. Must have degree in psychiatry or advanced therapy.