David Wright, playing in his first full season, has batted .373 with 10 homers and 39 RBIs since the All-Star Game to help bring the surging Mets back into contention for the postseason. The 22-year-old third baseman, who grew up in Norfolk, Va., watching the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, was named National League Player of the Week last week when he posted a .481 average with three home runs, five RBIs and 25 total bases.

Now that you have a full year in the Majors, are the veterans on the club still treating you like a rookie?
-- Jack B., Ocean City, Md.

As long as Cliff Floyd, Mike Cameron and some of the other guys are around, they'll always treat me like a rookie. It won't matter how many years I have in the Majors. They're sort of like my older brothers. I have to carry Cliff's luggage around and do some other things, but there are definitely some perks, too. He takes me out to dinner a lot. Last year, Joe McEwing took care of me, but this year it's really been Cliff, Mike and Doug Mientkiewicz. Those guys take good care of me. They look out for me to make sure I don't do anything stupid to embarrass myself -- and take me out to dinner. Generally they make sure that I know that they have a lot more years in the big leagues than I do.

What do you do in your down time?
-- Catherine S., Charleston, Mo.

I just got a new puppy. He's a 10-week-old boxer named Homer, short for home run, so he's been taking up a lot of my time lately. I also play some golf and I love to go to sporting events. In the offseason, I like going to Knicks games, Rangers games, Jets games, Giants games -- whatever sporting event is happening. I love to go to the games and take part in the excitement. So between the puppy, some golf and going to sporting events, I have most of my time pretty well covered.

What is it like being in the same dugout as Pedro Martinez?
-- Morgan S., Santa Monica, Calif.

Pedro is a great teammate and a great leader. The way he takes the younger pitchers under his wing and helps them is great to watch. He cuts loose, too. He knows when to get his work done and when to have some fun. One of the best parts of winning is coming into the clubhouse and seeing Pedro dancing around. He definitely keeps the clubhouse loose but he also knows when to be serious. He's got a fire and a passion for pitching. When he takes the hill every five days, he expects to win -- nothing else. He has this intensity, this passion for winning, that kind of rubs off on everyone else. He's a competitor who goes out there every time it's his turn, regardless of how he feels that day, and he doesn't except losing.

Hey David, what is the hardest thing to endure in the Major Leagues?
-- James U., Glendale, Calif.

The daily grind of playing 162 games. Trying to prepare mentally and physically, day-in and day-out. That long schedule has definitely been the biggest challenge for me. I want to become more consistent in all aspects of the game and that's what it takes -- good preparation every day.

What you think about the new kid, Mike Jacobs?
-- Steven V., Watsonville, Calif.

He put on a show in his first week in the big leagues. He's got unlimited offensive potential from watching the way he swings the bat. He's also getting better and better at first base. He's young and has a very high ceiling. He's got to continue to work and improve, but he's got the tools.

Are you concerned about the seemingly increasing number of bats that are shattering and the danger they may pose to pitchers, infielders and fans? What can be done about it?
-- Allen M., Syracuse, N.Y.

I'm not too concerned. You hold your breath every time a broken or shattered bat goes into the stands. But, as a third baseman, I can usually see it coming and get out of the way. I don't know what you can do about it. Guys are using lighter bats and they tend to break. It doesn't seem like there's much you can do about it. As a fan, you have to really pay attention to the game and be ready to get out of the way.

You've made some great catches this season -- including a barehander and one running into the stands. Do you think players are being more aggressive about diving into the stands ever since Derek Jeter did it last season against Boston?
-- Janet B., East Brunswick, N.J.

I think mostly it's stupidity, at least it was on my part. You want to try and make all of the plays and help your pitcher out. But diving into the stands left the whole side of my leg bruised up for a couple months. I think it was just me being young and maybe a little stupid. But I want to give everything I have and leave it on the field, so if there's a chance for a play to be made, I want to make it. Derek's catch was a great example for everybody else.

After reading that you grew up a Mets fan, I was just wondering how it felt to be drafted by your favorite team? What's your favorite thing about playing in New York?
-- Becky H., Plainview, N.Y.

New York's the best. The fans know the game, they have a passion about their teams and they want a winning product put on the field. In my opinion, there's no better place to play. I've played in other big baseball cities, but nothing compares to this place (Shea Stadium) when it gets rocking. People love baseball.

I just bought a glove and I was wondering if you can give me some tips on how to break it in?
-- Matt B., Canton, Mich.

Mostly, I just play catch with it a lot. I'll put some shaving cream on it or I'll put some saddle soap on it to soften up the leather, but I'll be home at night watching TV and have my glove on -- pounding it, playing catch with it and molding it to my hand. I'm always breaking in some kind of glove. I'll use a glove until it falls apart, but that usually takes two seasons. Even though I don't switch a lot, I'm always getting another one ready, though.

When did you start playing baseball? Do you play any other sports?
-- Kervin A., Miami

I've been playing ball since I was really, really young -- as long as I can remember. I remember being about 4 or 5 years old and playing wiffle ball in the back yard of my grandfather's house with my father and my grandfather. I played all of the sports growing up, depending on the season. But slowly I gravitated toward baseball and, by maybe my sophomore year in high school, I started focusing on baseball.

What baseball players do you look up to?
-- Alexia L., New York City

I look up to the guys who play the game hard and play the game right -- the Derek Jeters. My favorite player growing up was Cal Ripken Jr. because he wanted to be in the lineup every day and played the game the right way. I respect everyone who goes out there every day and wants to do well and has a fire. I guess to me the best example of that right now is Derek Jeter.

What's your favorite TV show?
-- Vernon B., Boston

SportsCenter. I think my TV is pretty much locked on ESPN. I don't watch much of anything else. I think my TV stays on ESPN all day.

David, what music do you like?
-- Pete M., New York City

Everything. It depends on what kind of mood I'm in and what time of day it is. I have everything in my iPod, from rap to country to R&B to alternative to Sinatra. Before a game I'll put on some rap to get myself going but after a game, I'll listen to some country or Sinatra to wind down. I have everything on there.