November 02, 2006

Wright ties it for All Stars

David Lennon at Newsday, writes about David Wright and the home run he hit to tie the game over in Japan:

Wright, who entered the game in the sixth inning, struck out looking in the seventh before turning on a first-pitch fastball from Giants reliever Takahiko Nomaguchi in the ninth. After rounding the bases, Wright followed up with his custom handshake with teammate Jose Reyes in the dugout.

Obviously, this didn't have the significance of the NLCS, when Wright batted .160 (4-for-25) in the seven-game loss to the Cardinals. But the home run felt meaningful nonetheless, for both its timing and location.

"Definitely," Wright said. "You take a lot of pride in putting this jersey on. We've got a team of some of the best young players in the game. We take pride in that. We take pride in representing Major League Baseball. We take pride in representing our individual teams, so we're going to go out there and try to win. There's no doubt about that. It's competitive.

"When you're in international competition, you're representing not only yourself, but a lot of different teams and countries. So we're coming over here trying to win."

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