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David Wright is among a handful of Major League Baseball players turning fantasy football into charity.
Wright will lead a charity fantasy football draft Aug. 27 at Citi Field, allowing fans to compete against Mets players in a live draft and play against them throughout the NFL season. He, Dillon Gee, Matt Harvey, Daniel Murphy and Jon Niese will each compete in a separate division, with space for 11 fans in each division.
“I try to do as much charity work as I can, and obviously I really enjoy fantasy football, so it seems like the best of both worlds,” Wright said. “I appreciate Adam thinking of me to represent the New York market. It should be a good time.”
Fans can purchase the right to manage a team for a $3,000 donation, and can bring along a co-manager for an additional $1,000. Yet another optional $1,000 allows fans to select the division in which they will compete.
Proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Long Island and New York, the Mets Foundation and Big League Impact.
The latter is the personal charity of Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, who is organizing the event throughout baseball. After launching the inaugural event last year in St. Louis, Wainwright called star players around the league this year to expand it. That’s where Wright comes in.
League managers in New York will be invited to participate in a live draft at Citi Field, with complimentary food and beverage available. Managers will also receive autographed memorabilia signed by all participating players, photos with Mr. and Mrs. Met, VIP access to batting practice, a behind-the-scenes tour of Citi Field and tickets to that night’s game against the Braves.
More information is available at bigleagueimpact.org/events/wright.
“It’s an easy sell, because you’re talking about hopefully a lot of money going to four really, really cool causes,” Wright said. “They were really excited to be a part of it.”
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Carlos Beltran was officially introduced as a Yankee on Friday, and had some harsh words for the Mets. For the first time publicly, Beltran admitted the friction that surfaced between him and the Mets after he skipped a team visit to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington in 2010, and when the two sides clashed over Beltran’s medical procedures.
“All the controversy about the Walter Reed, the knee — the organization was trying to put me as a player that was a bad apple,” Beltran said. “‘I was this, I was that.’ I can deal with 0-for-4 and three strikeouts and talk to you guys. But when someone is trying to hurt you in a very personal way, trying to put things out there … then we got trouble. Now, it’s personal.
“When they say all that about myself, I was hurt. You cannot believe the organization that signed you for seven years is trying to put you down. In that aspect, I felt hurt.”
Despite all that, Beltran’s legacy in New York still seems to be the called strike three he took against Adam Wainwright in the 2006 National League Championship Series — not the three homers and 1.054 OPS he posted that series, nor the .280/.369/.500 slash line he put up over seven seasons in Flushing, averaging 120 games played per season.
As Marty Noble writes, Beltran finally has a chance to rewrite that legacy — only with a different team. Give it a read.
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