Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Good to Know

Wright takes bubble-blowing crown

NEW YORK -- About a week ago, David Wright found out from Tom Glavine that he'd be participating in the Rally Foundation's bubble-gum blowing contest. Wright knew the National League record stood at 11.5 inches, held by Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz. So the Mets third baseman began the intense regime of daily gum chewing exercises to strengthen his jaw and practicing the technique of blowing bubbles.

Wright made sure to use Wrigley's Big League Chew, the gum of choice for the Rally Foundation. It also offered the best texture for manufacturing the best bubble.

And he noted the obvious.

"You've got to have a lot of gum in there," Wright said.

Days of practice evidently paid off as Wright demonstrated the competitive nature that has spurred him to an All-Star season on the diamond, beating out Glavine and Paul Lo Duca with a bubble that measured 14 inches. Not only did Wright top Smoltz, he bested the Rally Foundation's Major League record of 13.5 inches, set by Baltimore Orioles catcher Eli Whiteside earlier this year.