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Wright continues to take high road

Fred Wilpon gestures as he talks to fans

Fred Wilpon gestures as he talks to fans during a game against the Texas Rangers at Shea Stadium. (June 15, 2008) Credit: David L. Pokress

If David Wright was hurt by Fred Wilpon's statement that he isn't a superstar, he hid it well during his first interview session regarding the controversy Friday.

But that doesn't mean Wright didn't appreciate a little pick-me-up in the immediate aftermath of Wilpon's disparaging comments about him in a magazine article.

"My parents texted me and said that I'm their superstar," Wright said. "I'm pretty sure I knew that already."

Wilpon's comments in The New Yorker came to light Sunday night and turned into a full-blown thing Monday. Wright was on his way to Los Angeles on Monday to get his ailing back examined and was not with the team until Friday, when the Mets returned from Chicago.

Before Friday, Wright's only public comment was an e-mail to reporters that said: "Fred is a good man and is obviously going through some difficult times. There is nothing more productive I can say at this time."

He said more Friday, but as usual, Wright took the high road. He said he was not hurt by the comments and had exchanged phone messages -- but not spoken to -- the elder Wilpon.

"It was basically he called to just say that he misspoke and that he appreciated [my] response," Wright said. "And that he loves the team and the organization and he'd never do anything to try to embarrass us."

Wright said the first call he got from someone in the organization was COO Jeff Wilpon, Fred's son, who called Monday morning.

"Very thoughtful for him to reach out that early," Wright said, "and to make it known that he was very apologetic for everything I was going to have to go through after that."

In the article, Wilpon called Wright "a really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar."

Said Wright: "It's somebody's opinion. It's not the first negative thing somebody's said about me and it's not going to be the last. I think to play in this market, you have to have some thick skin. I feel like I have thick enough skin that I'm not going to let a comment affect a relationship or affect the way I go out there and play baseball.

"It's happened. You can't go back and change it. You can either hold a grudge or you can go out there and play baseball. I'm choosing to move forward."

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