Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 1/6/13
The cliché that we learned growing up is that sports build character. The line they try to feed us now is that sports don’t build character so much as they reveal it. Like most things, I imagine the truth is somewhere in the middle. In player-management disputes, I am unapologetically pro-player. After all, the players are the ones out there laying it on the line day after day. If David Wright strikes out with the bases loaded to end the game, he’s the one who has to look at his teammates, take heat from the press right after the game and hear from the fans at the park the next day. There’s nowhere for him to hide after we witnessed it first hand and see the numbers that are published in the newspapers and online. I saw Jason Bay bust his tail and do everything within his power to succeed. I also saw him fail on a seemingly daily basis for three years. I wrote an article during the 2011 season asking for the club to release him. It was nothing personal against Bay, it was ...
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