Angry Ward Wednesday: David Wright and Adrian Peterson and the Time to Hang ‘Em Up


BRONX, NY – I had a fun film-based column planned for today, but yesterday’s news about New York Mets’ third baseman David Wright and Minnesota Vikings’ tailback Adrian Peterson pretty much demanded some sort of response. The news isn’t great.

Do the Wright Thing. So, Mets’ captain David Wright was sent back to New York from Spring Training to be examined at The Hospital for Special Surgery (which should be renamed: Ye Olde Rest Home for Broken Mets) for a right shoulder impingement. Hmm. A right shoulder impingement. Sounds benign enough. But nothing is benign when it comes to Wright. This shoulder issue is apparently related to DW’s neck surgery which was probably related to his spinal stenosis, which… well, you know the old “neck bone’s connected to the head bone” lyrics. At this point, Wright’s entire body is failing him. Not in a tragic sense, but in a way that pretty much makes it impossible to play baseball for a living. Should he retire and give $67 million back to the Wilpons? Nah, don’t ever give anything back to those two crooks. Should he retire and take a job in the organization that doesn’t involve hitting or throwing or running or, especially, bending? Yes! The Mets and Wright need to work this thing out. He’s done as a player. Keeping him around the team with the hollow promise of some return date is just cruel. No one wanted it to end this way, but Wright and the Mets should find a way to handle this in the right way. I know doing something correctly is virtually impossible for the Mets, but let’s hope they figure it out.

Explains a lot. (Short Matt Photo last night)

Sunset for “All Day” Adrian Peterson. Yesterday my Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up the 2017 option on one of the most mercurial running backs to ever play in the NFL. And it was the right thing to do. For starters, Peterson is about to turn 32, which is almost ancient in terms of the position he plays. More importantly, he’s coming off some significant injuries, as well as a suspension, which have taken their toll. The other big thing is that Minnesota would have to pay him $18 million this year, and that just ain’t happening. There’s a slim possibility that AP comes back to the Vikes, but I doubt that happens. As the expression goes, “this parting is well made.

Minnesota’s Super Bowl window with Peterson opened and slammed shut that year when Brett Favre threw a pick in the NFC title game against New Orleans, and once more in the 2015 playoffs when Blair Walsh missed a gimme FG with no time left in the Divisional Round against Seattle. He wasn’t blameless in those losses either, as he turned into something of a fumbling machine as his career progressed. Peterson wants to win a Super Bowl, but someone may want to tell him that the three teams that intrigue him, Giants, Texans, and Tampa Bay, are way off the scent. He should be thinking more along the lines of Denver and New England. Anyway, best of luck to him, and my Vikes, moving forward.

And, while we’re on the subject of hanging ’em up and moving on, I’d say I am wayyyy past my expiration date here at MTM. Maybe Breitbart is looking for another lying, talent-less hack, eh?

Come back tomorrow for Buddy Diaz, who is nowhere near retirement age but is showing signs of dementia with his recent comments on Kate Upton.

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Wednesday: Angry Ward, who has admirers at the NY Times, is the quintessential angry sports fan but one exception… he’s flat-out funny. And the angrier he gets, the more amusing his work becomes. Psychiatrists say, “Angry Ward’s ‘anger’ is a direct result of “Bronx/Mets syndrome: growing up in the Bronx as a Mets fan.” As if that weren’t enough, his Minnesota North Stars abandoned him for Dallas, forcing him to embrace The Wild the way conservatives embrace Mitt Romney. While the Vikings tease him incessantly with flirtations of success, the Golden State Warriors, “Don’t have a enough short, white angry guys but I don’t dislike them… that much.” A-Dubya is MTM’s longest-tenured indentured servant, its Larry David and quite simply, The Franchise.

  • benwhit

    AP prolly feels like he cheated out of a year. You know, for beating his kid with a stick. I sure hope the Giants stay away and Jerry Jones grabs him for some reason.

    • Drunk In Joisey

      The Giants focus should be on the offensive line, a young RB and young QB to groom.

      • AngryWard

        Exactly. You’re not as drunk as you think.

        • There will be no drinking for the next 40 plus days! Pretty much the average time for David Wright being on a disabled list. #AshWednesday

          • buffalobilly84

            You still wasting time with lent McCarthy? It won’t help! ?I want the Bills to grab AP_SPORTS and Mangold.

          • buffalobilly84

            Not AP sports!

          • Cheesybruin

            I don’t believe that shit for a minute let alone 40 days!

    • AngryWard

      After what the Giants went through with Josh Brown, I seriously doubt they’ll bring in Peterson. And why on Earth would he leave a team with offensive line problems for another team with offensive line problems? Seattle has been obsessed with trying to stick it to Minnesota ever since the Vikes signed Steve Hutchinson away from them years ago (and they’ve failed miserably). I could see the Seahawks signing him.

      • benwhit

        You’re probably right about the Giants but they say they’re gonna take a look. Hopefully that’s a ploy to get the Cowboys and Redslurs interested. I’d roll the dice on Charles before AP.

  • vinny from brooklyn

    wright should go to the american league and dh. what a waste

    • Buddy Diaz

      I don’t even think he could do that for a full year. It’s sad really, he was a great player in his best days!

      • AngryWard

        There’s no “think” about it, Buddy. He can’t. At this point, and having some minor neck/back issues of my own, I don’t think sitting even feels good to Wright. Really think he needs to call it a career.

  • Buddy Diaz

    I’m sure it’s tough for you seeing Peterson waived but your right, No way Minnesota should be paying that type of money for a 32 yr old running back.

    He is certainly the best back of my era!

  • Cheesybruin

    Ward, Neil Walker is next to visit Ye Olde Rest Home. Mark my words.

  • Junoir Blaber

    One the mark on Wright and Peterson. Thought Peterson could be useful on a team with a good outside running back that could occasionally be spelled by a direct runner. A brand new “Bus”, if you will.

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