Maybe he’s drinking the Kool-Aid, but David Wright suggested as much after Monday’s first full-squad workout.
Wright said the organization made the right call in not considering parting with Zack Wheeler or Matt Harvey in a potential trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Upton, who eventually landed with the rival Atlanta Braves. Wright said he prefers seeing what Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker can offer in the outfield anyway.
“I grew up with Justin. This is no knock on Justin. He’s a great player,” Wright said. “But I’ve seen a couple of bullpens from Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey. I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
“There’s a lot of teams that wanted Justin Upton. There’s a lot of teams that wanted Michael Bourn. What makes me more excited is how Nieuwy responds, how den Dekker responds -- these guys that now have the opportunity to go win a job and prove themselves.
“I’m almost excited to really not get those guys, to really give these young guys an opportunity to see what they’re made of, to develop, to win that job. Maybe that’s my optimistic whatever, but I like looking at things glass half-full. And I like the opportunity those guys are going to get, because I think there’s a lot of athleticism out there in the outfield that we have. Not a lot of household names. A lot of people probably don’t know much about some of these guys. But they’re baseball players, they’re baseball rats. Just from what I’ve seen so far, they’re eager, anxious and hungry.”i
'not considering parting with Zack Wheeler or Matt Harvey in a potential trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Upton,'
You think that is bad??
Who would be stupid enough to trade Wheeler or Harvey for Upton?
"Who would be stupid enough to trade Wheeler or Harvey for Upton?"
I may have. I'm not mad that we decided to stay the course on hoping that our potential rotation of young studs pans out, but fans are overvaluing Wheeler if they don't realize that he is fair return for Upton, or maybe they are just undervaluing Upton.
"I could maybe understand this trade if we were a playoff team this year but we're still rebuilding. No reason to give up our best prospects."
"but fans are overvaluing Wheeler if they don't realize that he is fair return for Upton, or maybe they are just undervaluing Upton."
Nobody is overvaluing Wheeler. We're talking about a top ten prospect at the moment now.
i dont really see anything wrong w/ what he said
i also never would have traded either of those pitchers for upton
hes overselling on kirk and MDD but thats more him trying to support the young guys hes being asked to lead...nothing wrong w/ that.....
Repeat after me. Pitching wins championships. Pitching wins championships. Pitching wins championships. A young, potentially frontline starter is ALWAYS worth more to an organization than a mid-career outfielder. Only exception might be if the team is on the verge and needs one piece to complete the puzzle.
Trading Wheeler for Upton is just short-sighted and wrong.
Too many baseball fans have no appreciation for the importance of pitching.
expect him to break out a round of "You Gotta have Heart"
[David]You've gotta have heartAll you really need is heartWhen the odds are sayin' you'll never winThat's when the grin should startYou've gotta have hopeMustn't sit around and mopeNothin's half as bad as it may appearWait'll next year and hopeWhen your luck is battin' zeroGet your chin up off the floorMister you can be a heroYou can open any door, there's nothin' to it but to do itYou've gotta have heartMiles 'n miles n' miles of heartOh, it's fine to be a genius of courseBut keep that old horse Before the cartFirst you've gotta have heart
[Terry]A great slugger we haven't got
[Uncle Dan]A great pitcher we haven't got
[Sandy]A great ball club we haven't got
[Terry, Uncle Don & Sandy]What've we got?
[ALL]We've got heartAll you really need is heartWhen the odds are sayin' you'll never winThat's when the grin should start
[Terry, Sandy, JP]We've got hopeWe don't sit around and mopeNot a solitary sob do wwe heaveMister, 'cause we've got hope
[Fred]We're so happy that we're hummin'
[David]That's the hearty thing to do
[Terry]'Cause we know our ship will come in
[Sandy]So it's ten years overdue
[ALL]Hoo-hoo-hooWe've got heartMiles 'n miles 'n miles o' heart
[JP]Oh, it's fine to be a genius of course
[BOYS]Butt keep that old horse before the cart
[DavidSo what the hecks the use of cryin'?
[SMOKEY]Why should we curse?
[Terry]We've gotta get better, 'cause we can't get worse!
[ALL]And to add to it, we've got heartWe've got heartWe've got heart
We've got heartAll you really need is heartWhen the odds are sayin' you'll never winThat's when the grin should start
[Uncle Dan]We're so happy that we're laughin'
[ALL]Ha ha ha
[Terry]So we ain't been autographin'
[Fred]'Cept to sign an I.O.U.
[ALL]We've got heartMiles 'n miles n' miles of heartOh, it's fine to be a genius of courseBut keep that old horse Before the cart
[Murph]Who minds those pop bottles flyin'?
[Ike]The hisses and the boos
[David]The team has been consistent
[Sandy]Yeah, we always lose
[ALL]But we're laughin' cause... We've got heart
[ALL with Fred]We've got heart... We've got heart