Don’t snicker too much at A-Rod’s personal life being splashed on tabloid covers. The Mets aren’t immune from that arguably over-the-line scrutiny, either. And I’m not just talking about the Paul Lo Duca divorce headlines generated last year.David Wright was, let’s say, less than thrilled not too long ago when a reporter from that other tabloid started chatting up the third baseman’s doorman, trying to get dirt on when Wright gets home at night and who might be accompanying him.
Wright may be single, unlike A-Rod. Regardless, you’d hope his personal life remains private.
Given the level of Wright’s celeb status and his willingness to participate in goofy photo sessions and interviews that celebrate his uh, eligibility, it is the height of naivety to think there’d be no further media or public interest in the third baseman’s “private” life. The sort of “over the line scrutiny” Rubin alludes to is regularly afforded to thespians, politicians, and pretty much anyone the great unwashed either wanna be or wanna fuck.
While I wish Mr. Wright no ill will and would prefer to respect his privacy, there’s something a little disingenuous about embracing the trappings of the celebrity lifestyle but crying foul when you’re treated like a celebrity. Not that the player is actually doing the complaining, but until Rubin brought this up, I’d assumed Wright spent most of his off hours looking through the crates at Fat Beats.