“He’s the complete package. He uses the whole field with power all over the place. Defensively, he makes all the plays.”
—Former big leaguer Howard Johnson

“His combination of ability, attitude, presence, and being a kid teammates tend to like and respect make him the kind of player you can build a team around.”
—Former Mets GM Dan Duquette

“He could be real special.”
—Former big leaguer John Stearns

“It’s definitely very, very refreshing the way he handles himself and the way he goes about his business. He’s a special player and a special person.”
—Former teammate Joe McEwing

“He could always hit. He’s always been a player.”
—Braves star BJ Upton

“He knows things and does things the rest of us took four or five years to learn.”
—Former teammate Craig Brazell

“If there’s one guy here I’d let date my sister, it’s him.”
—Formr teammate Jeff Duncan

“For a 21-year-old whose career is about to take off, he’s quite grounded.”
—Sportswriter Marty Noble

“Let's see if he has the qualities that Keith Hernandez displayed in the mid-80s, the ability to make those around him perform at a higher level.”
—Sportswriter Bob Klapitsch

“He’s so poised. The dude is good.”
—Former teammate Mike Cameron

“He carries himself like someone who’s confident in his ability and in his surroundings.”
—Former Mets manager Art Howe

“He’s got a great approach at the plate, a lot of tools, and he’s continuing to learn.”
—Future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza

“He’s a good kid. You pull for someone like that.”
—Piazza

“He has natural ability and a tremendous work ethic—to have both of these things in one athlete is rare.”
—David's high school coach
Steve Gedro

“He is unthreatening, tourist-friendly, a bit corporate, but charming nonetheless.”
—Writer David Amsden

“I've been lucky enough to meet guys like Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky, and I believe David has that thing, you know, that same approach to the game that made them so addicting to watch.”
—Mets owner Fred Wilpon

“obody matches up that good against David Wright.”
—Nationals manager Davey Johnson

 


Howard Johnson, 1988 Fleer

 

 


BJ Upton, 2003 Topps T205

 

 


Art Howe, 1981 Coke

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