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David Wright feels bad for the Wilpons

David Wright

New York Mets’ David Wright scores on Carlos Delgado’s double against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Chicago. The Mets won 6-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Nam Y. Huh

Kevin Kernan is down in Port St. Luice and he caught up with early spring training arrival David Wright. Wright opined about the Wilpon-Madoff mess:

“I’ve become very close with the Wilpon family over the years. They’ve done a lot for me. And I feel for them, just having to go through this. I called Jeff a few days ago just to let him know that I was thinking about him and if he needed anything from me, I’m there for him.”

Wilpon then asked David Wright for $300 million.

OK, maybe not. Wright went on:

“Getting down here and playing baseball you don’t have to listen to every day what’s going on in that situation. It’s almost like once you walk across these lines; it’s almost like a sanctuary. That’s one of the best things for me to get back out on the baseball field. You don’t have to think about everything.’’

The turmoil of a club’s business doesn’t impact the fans as directly as it does the members of a team, but it does affect us. And of course, most of us have stress and uncertainty of one form or another in our own lives. Spring training and baseball serves as a sanctuary for us too.

We’re a little over two weeks until actual spring training games start. The beauty of the electronic age allows us to watch a lot of them or, at the very least, follow them live in one way or another. When they do -- or even when the mitts start popping next week -- the world will be a better place.