If you enjoy painful news on top of existing painful news, right now is as good a time as ever to be a fan of the New York Mets. You just know Opening Day is a short trip around the corner when a Mets-related lede goes as follows:
“Don’t hold your breath waiting for David Wright’s return, or for the Mets to avoid making injury news.”
That line is of course referring to David Wright’s mysterious rib injury. It remains vague because the Mets have struggled at diagnosing injuries in the past. Pouring some ‘tussin on it just isn’t going to cut it anymore. To make matters worse, while Wright is in New York visiting with team doctors, the team’s bullpen catcher, Eric Langill, was charged with DUI after crashing in a “single-car rollover” at a traffic circle in Port St. Lucie.
Naturally, Langill attempted to flee the scene after some witnesses had helped him get out of the vehicle, though the escape attempt was thwarted by said noble witnesses. According to the report, Langill claims someone cut him off and that he only had two to three drinks. He had been bowling, presumably with friends, earlier in the evening.
In light of what seems to be a near constant state of bad PR for this franchise, I don’t expect this to go over well with Mets management. A 32-year-old bullpen catcher who has never played in the majors doesn’t exactly sound like a protected commodity.