And Wright made them known. Appearing visibly angry all afternoon with home-plate umpire Toby Basner, Wright climbed to the top step of the dugout to yell after Basner punched out Travis d'Arnaud for the second out of the seventh -- one of seven called strikeouts for the Mets on the day. Basner promptly ejected both Wright and Daniel Murphy, but not manager Terry Collins, who came out onto the field to argue.
"Did you watch the game?" Murphy said, when asked about his own issues with Basner's strike zone. "Everybody who watched the game knows. I don't think I need to say anything about it. There was a disagreement is the best way to describe it."
Collins approached Basner yet again after the inning, exchanging additional words with the umpire. He also declined to discuss the matter at length after the game.
It was Wright's fourth career ejection and Murphy's second, though they came at a time when both players could afford to be tossed. By the seventh, the Mets were trailing the Angels by nine runs, and both teams had begun subbing out their regulars. That gave Wright and Murphy an opportunity to defend d'Arnaud from what they deemed an unfair strike zone.
"We have each other's backs for sure," Wright said. "When something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us. Just in general, we need to have each other's backs. And we do."