Sports Illustrated for Kids, June 2013
Trash Talk Time for Wright, Reyes
MIAMI — As the fifth-place hitter and a motivating force for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Mets third baseman David Wright is driven by professionalism, patriotism and pride. But he has one purely selfish motive, too: He would like to put a muzzle on a longtime friend.
Wright was limbering up pregame at Marlins Park on Tuesday when former Mets teammate Jose Reyes dropped by the premises to engage in some good-natured banter, with a side order of braggadocio. Reyes is the starting shortstop and leadoff hitter for the Dominican Republic’s WBC entry, which will play Team USA on Thursday night at 7 ET. The winner will remain undefeated in the second round of the WBC and earn a trip to the final round in San Francisco early next week to face Japan or the Netherlands in the semifinals. The loser will have to scramble a bit, playing Puerto Rico on Friday in an elimination game.
From their formative years together in the New York organization, Wright loves Reyes like a brother. But he knows from personal experience that his former left-side-of-the-infield buddy can get awfully chatty when his competitive juices start flowing. Tuesday was definitely one of those occasions.
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