If David Wright was a different sort of athlete and a different sort of person, he would say he doesn't think about it when he gets in the batter's box.
He would say he doesn’t think about the 93-mph fastball from San Francisco’s Matt Cain that struck him on the side of his batting helmet and left him face down in the Citi Field dirt Aug. 15.
He would say suffering a concussion, spending the night in the hospital and going on the disabled list for the first time in his career is all completely behind him.
But David Wright is not that sort of athlete and not that sort of man. He admitted before Saturday’s Mets-Nationals game that the incident still is “in the back of my head” when he’s at the plate.
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He feels himself flinching more than usual when pitches come inside, even if his performance since his Sept. 1 return shows only a slight drop-off from his pre-beaning numbers.
“I think that it’s always going to be there,” Wright said before going 1-for-2 with two walks in the Mets’ 3-2 win. “I don’t think that’s something where you get a couple at-bats and all of a sudden it goes away. I’m aware, it’s in the back of my head, but you get in the box and you get locked in and it’s just muscle memory from doing this so many times that your body just does it.”
He said he’s noticed that he’s slightly more apt to bend away from an inside pitch — even for just an instant — than he was before Aug. 15.
“I think it’s just kind of instinctive that you see a ball coming up there that your first thought is to get out of the way rather than give it a split-second to see if it’s a breaking ball or fastball,” Wright said. “I think that will hopefully weed itself out and gradually go away where you feel comfortable that you can give it that split-second longer, see what it is and still trust yourself that you can get out of the way.”
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