Wright wants re­write

Righty out to set record straight

Boston Herald - - NBA/NHL SCOREBOARD/RACING - By JA­SON MASTRODONATO Twit­ter: @JMas­trodonato


FORT MY­ERS — While Steven Wright’s do­mes­tic violence case was re­tired for a year in court, it still lingers in a re­view process by Ma­jor League Base­ball, re­strict­ing him from say­ing too much about what ac­tu­ally hap­pened.

But the Red Sox knuck­le­baller tried to de­fend him­self as best he could yes­ter­day, stress­ing that he was never vi­o­lent with his wife, Shan­non, dur­ing an in­ci­dent at his Ten­nessee home that ended with his ar­rest on Dec. 8.

“It wasn’t that bad, es­pe­cially on a per­sonal level, es­pe­cially be­cause I never touched her,” Wright said. “That’s prob­a­bly the hard­est thing, for me to sit there and see peo­ple talk about me be­ing a wife-beater and all that stuff and I didn’t even make phys­i­cal con­tact. That’s pretty much all I’m re­ally al­lowed to say right now, be­cause I want to honor MLB and their in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Hope­fully in the next cou­ple of weeks I’ll have a better idea of what’s go­ing to come of that.”

Wright said he’s still yet to be in­ter­viewed by of­fi­cials from MLB.

Pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Dave Dom­browski said he has a gen­eral idea if Wright will be sus­pended or not, but the Red Sox haven’t com­mented on the case while the league’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Wright was ar­rested fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment at his home and charged with do­mes­tic as­sault and prevent­ing a 911 call. They’re both con­sid­ered mis­de­meanors in Ten­nessee. He was re­leased on a $2,500 bond.

“It def­i­nitely got es­ca­lated in that one par­tic­u­lar night,” Wright said. “We’ve been go­ing to coun­sel­ing. We’ve been work­ing through it. We’ve been try­ing to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard, be­cause MLB is do­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and it’s in the lime­light. It’s re­ally hard on a per­sonal level to get past some­thing that’s con­stantly be­ing thrown at you. But I did it to my­self.

“It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the con­se­quences that came from my ac­tions that night. It’s just hard. You get la­beled as some­body that’s a wife-beater when you don’t even make phys­i­cal con­tact. I’m look­ing for­ward to telling that side of the story, about what hap­pens, be­cause peo­ple will un­der­stand a lit­tle bit more about what hap­pened. It’s not what you’re read­ing as far as you hear about do­mes­tic violence.”

Wright is also deal­ing with recovery from knee surgery that cost him most of 2017.

“(The ar­rest has) been a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said. “There are some things per­son­ally that I’ve got to work on, that can help not only in my re­la­tion­ship with my wife and my fam­ily but in base­ball and life in gen­eral.”

Wright is be­ing held out from some drills while his knee re­cov­ers, but he’s hope­ful to be ready by Open­ing Day.

The Sox hope Wright or Ed­uardo Ro­driguez, who also had knee surgery, will be healthy enough to be the fifth starter to be­gin the sea­son.

“I feel pretty good,” Wright said. “I’m still in the re­hab phase with the knee, try­ing to push it as hard as I can within rea­son.”

Wright said he had car­ti­lage from a ca­daver used to re­place the car­ti­lage in his left knee.

“It is such a unique surgery,” he said. “I didn’t re­al­ize how unique it was un­til I started ask­ing peo­ple and no one had re­ally had it. Now (sec­ond base­man) Dustin Pe­droia has had it. I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting him down here so we can kind of start bounc­ing things, what he’s feel­ing, what he’s been do­ing. But it’s not a cut-and-dried re­hab. It’s take it one step at a time as far as get­ting through that.”

Short story

Mookie Betts took some grounders at short­stop, some­thing many play­ers do just to keep loose.

But even if the Red Sox sign free agent out­fielder J.D. Martinez, Betts won’t be mov­ing back to the in­field, Dom­browski told the Her­ald. Betts is a Gold Glove win­ner in right field.

Bright lights, big city

The Pa­tri­ots were in the Su­per Bowl, the Bru­ins and Celtics have play­off as­pi­ra­tions and soon the Red Sox will be un­der­way. The pres­sure that comes from the suc­cess of Bos­ton’s other sports teams is a wel­come one, ac­cord­ing to play­ers.

“I con­sider it a bless­ing be­cause I’m one of the few guys that gets the op­por­tu­nity to play at Fen­way Park in front of a packed house ev­ery night,” starter Rick Por­cello said. “If you’re a com­pet­i­tive guy and you want to play at the high­est level and un­der the bright­est lights, this is the place to do it. It’s not in­tim­i­dat­ing. I love it. I try to feed off it and use it to my ad­van­tage.”

Ace Chris Sale once played his home games at Guar­an­teed Rate Field in Chicago, where the White Sox av­er­aged fewer than 22,000 fans per game, 26th in the league in 2016. He’s taken to the crowds at Fen­way Park.

“I loved it,” he said. “I think that’s ob­vi­ously one of the pros to play­ing here in Bos­ton is the ball­park and the fan base. I don’t know how many games we played that weren’t sold out at home. A few of them? Well OK I didn’t no­tice it. We as play­ers ap­pre­ci­ate that a lot.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent ball­game when you’re play­ing in front of a packed house that is very pas­sion­ate about the team on the field and there’s no repli­cat­ing that feel­ing when you’re stand­ing on the mound and every­one is los­ing their minds. It’s def­i­nitely ap­pre­ci­ated.”


SPRING BREAK: Catch­ers Sandy Leon and Chris­tian Vazquez get a lift yes­ter­day in Fort My­ers.

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