Mets legend David Wright, now working in the team's front office in an advisory role, spoke Tuesday about the team's "disappointing" season while also keeping an eye on the potentially bright future that includes Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil.
"For me, it's obviously been -- up to this point -- a disappointing season," Wright said while representing the Mets at an event for No Kid Hungry. "There have certainly been some bright spots, but overall, I think when you put together a roster the way Brodie and the front office has, there's I'm sure a lot of blame to go around. And Brodie is taking his fair share."
Noting that the team has dug a hole this season, Wright left open the possibility of a miracle run, but said "there's certainly a lot of room for improvement."
Wright was pressed twice on what the Mets' plan should be in advance of the trade deadline (which is eight days away), but twice said that was above his pay grade.
Regarding the Mets' two biggest reasons for optimism now and in the future -- Alonso and McNeil -- Wright called them "ultimate competitors."
"We have a legitimate threat to win the home run crown, and a legitimate threat to win the batting title. You're talking about guys that have very little experience and are putting up those types of offensive numbers. Pretty good pieces to build around. Certainly a reason for optimism not only in the future but in the very near future."
McNeil's .339 batting average leads the league (Christian Yelich is hitting .337) while Alonso's 33 homers trail only Cody Bellinger (34) and Yelich (35) for the most in baseball.
Aside from Alonso's power, Wright praised him for working his "tail off" to not only improve his defense but become an all-around hitter.
"Those are two guys that can certainly be cornerstones of this franchise," Wright concluded about Alonso and McNeil.