Delta Air Lines announced at a Manhattan news conference Friday that it will donate $100,000 to the foundation of the player with the higher batting average at the end of the 2009 season. The "loser'' will get $50,000 for his foundation.
Jeter runs the Turn 2 Foundation, which helps young people turn away from drugs and alcohol. Wright's eponymous David Wright Foundation provides aid and assistance to the development and education of youngsters.
"I will follow 'the face of the New York Mets,' '' Jeter joked about Wright. "It's a win-win situation for both foundations.''
Wright - who said, "I don't want to get tackled by Derek again'' (a reference to Team USA's dogpile after Wright delivered a walk-off hit in the World Baseball Classic) - offered his praise to the Yankees' captain. Said Wright: "I tried to learn as much as I could while I was around him. Part of that was the way he carries himself off the field.''
The contest is based on a minimum of 400 plate appearances. If one of the traditionally durable players falls short of that, Delta will nullify the contest and donate $75,000 to each player's charity.