DENVER - The Hall of Fame contacted the Mets Wednesdayabout David Wright's new headgear. And no, it wasn't to say he looked like the Great Gazoo, Beetle Bailey or Dark Helmet from "Spaceballs."
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The Hall asked if it could have Wright's helmet - the ultraprotective Rawlings S100 - to display as part of their exhibit about the evolution of the helmet through the years. Wright intends to send one up to Cooperstown, but probably not until the end of the season. He's using his current model, despite all of the jokes the All-Star third baseman has endured since wearing it in Tuesday's game.
"I'm not trying to be a big pioneer or anything," Wright said. "I just got hit in the head two weeks ago. People can say what they want, but at the end of the day, it's about trying to protect yourself and be as safe as possible."
Wright already has a bat on display in Cooperstown, the one he used for the walk-off single that powered Team U.S.A over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic this spring. The oversized helmet, however, has generated a different kind of attention.
When Wright, who grounded out as a pinch hitter in the ninth last night, arrived Wednesday, he found a picture of the Great Gazoo, the green-helmeted Flintstones character, taped to his locker. Later, everyone in the clubhouse watched as the hosts of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" used a cardboard cutout of his giant helmeted head for a play-acting skit.
Maine making progress
John Maine completed a 43-pitch simulated game in Port St. Lucie to stay on track for Saturday's minor-league rehab start. Maine has been on the disabled list since June 12 with right shoulder weakness, but his fastball was 90-94 mph and pitching coach Dan Warthen said he "felt absolutely perfect." If Maine has no problems on Saturday, he will throw a side session at Citi Field on Tuesday.