Tale Of The Tape: David Wright Vs. Ryan Braun

August 20, 2007 – 12:00 am by Ryan Phillips

I guess the “Tale of the Tape” is going to be a regular feature here on R&R, since McD and I always end up having the “who would you take?” “who would you do?” and “who would you rather be?” discussions when there’s an awkward pause in our conversations. We figured we’d just put them to good use on the site. This week’s targets? Mets third baseman David Wright and Brewers third baseman Ryan Braun. Let’s face it, both of these guys have the near-perfect lives we all dream of as a kid. So to separate them we’ll need to break things down scientifically.

Vital Statistics
David Wright: Good-looking 24-year-old, five-tool third baseman in his fourth year. Currently hitting .312, 22 home runs, 79 RBIs, with 82 runs, 25 stolen bases, a .400 on base percentage, is slugging .524 and carries a .954 fielding percentage in 122 games.
Ryan Braun: Good-looking 23-year-old, five-tool third baseman in his rookie year. Currently hitting .343, 24 home runs, 62 RBIs, with 58 runs, 10 stolen bases, a .388 on base percentage, is slugging .663 and carries a .893 fielding percentage in 76 games.
Advantage: Push

Drafted
David Wright: Out of high school, went 38th overall to the Mets in the 2001 draft. Was a compensation pick for the loss of Mike Hampton to the Rockies (whoops).
Ryan Braun: After his junior year at Miami, went 5th overall to the Brewers.
Advantage: Braun

Biggest Big League Moment
David Wright: All-Star game home run off of Kenny Rogers in 2006.
Braun: Became the first player to be named both NL Rookie of the Month and NL Player of the Month for the same month, in July. He hit a league-leading 11 home runs, with 25 RBIs while batting .345.
Advantage: Braun

Evidence of Padre-Killing
David Wright: His over the shoulder, bare-handed catch against the Padres at PETCO Park in 2005. I was at the game, that was amazing, he even got a standing ovation from the San Diego crowd (watch it here).
Ryan Braun: He doubled in his first game in the big leagues, which happened to be against my Padres. The next night he hit his first major league home run against them, off of Justin Germano.
Advantage: Wright

Personality

David Wright: Always smiling, affable, good with the media, people love him.
Ryan Braun: Always smiling, affable, good with the media, people love him.
Advantage: Push

Question He’s Asked When He Tells Chicks Who He Is
David Wright: “Should I take my panties off here or back at your place?”
Ryan Braun: “Milwaukee has a baseball team?”
Advantage: Wright

Nickname
David Wright: “Hollywood”
Ryan Braun: “The Hebrew Hammer” (we’re not making this up)
Advantage: Braun

Could Be Overshadowed By

David Wright: Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter.
Ryan Braun: Prince Fielder (who isn’t in that guy’s shadow?), Bernie Brewer, sausage races.
Advantage: Wright

His Team Is Overshadowed By
David Wright: The Yankees.
Ryan Braun: A shitty football team that plays two hours away, Marquette basketball.
Advantage: Wright

Contribution To Society

David Wright: The David Wright Foundation. Founded in 2005, its mission is to increase awareness about multiple sclerosis and to raise money for multiple sclerosis organizations and projects.
Ryan Braun: Finally giving millions of Jewish kids a famous athlete to root for and model themselves after. He’s already hit more home runs (24) than all but six of the top 10 career Jewish home run hitters had in their best seasons.
Advantage: Braun

Closest “Target-Rich” Enviornment
David Wright: Manhattan.
Ryan Braun: Chicago.
Advantage: Wright

Reason Other Than Talent We Hate Him
David Wright: Through Vitamin Water sponsorship he was given 0.5% of the company, when it was sold to Coca-Cola for $4.1 billion he netted approximately $20 million from the deal.
Ryan Braun: He got to spend three years banging chicks at the University of Miami.
Advantage: Braun…it’s not even close

Has To Spend The Next Few Years In
David Wright: His new apartment in New York City’s Flatiron District.
Braun: Milwaukee
Advantage: Wright

Verdict: 6-5, Wright

Again we have a close competition. Wright wins in a close battle, but honestly neither of these guys has ever lost at anything in their lives. Screw them and their perfect lives. Go ahead you two a-holes, go enjoy your millions of dollars … and your legions of adoring fans … and your beautiful women … and Victoria Silvstedt Playmate of the Year…F*CK!

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  1. 4 Responses to “Tale Of The Tape: David Wright Vs. Ryan Braun”

  2. I vote for Ryan Zimmermann

    By Chimpanzee Rage on Aug 20, 2007

  3. “Fielding” is a tool. Ryan Braun is an awful fielder. Thus, he is not a five tool player.

    By Vegas Watch on Aug 21, 2007

  4. Vegas,
    To be fair, Braun has played shortstop his entire life and is still adjusting to being a third baseman, we’ll give him another year before we remove that from his list of tools. But yes, he has had a tough year there so far.

    By Phillips on Aug 21, 2007

  5. Hmmm “target rich ” environments? New York vs Milwaukee and Chicago?Having lived in both areas for extended time periods,I think you underrate those corn fed midwest girls immensely.I still have day dreams about those blond tresses of Denise Muckerheide,and thats from someone who used to hang at “54”…come on

    By zubar on Dec 4, 2007

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