From today's Daily News (Andy Martino): "Plus, the view of Wright over Reyes as Face of the Franchise has always seemed from this view to be racially loaded. They were both so good, and two of the nicest people in baseball; why did the white guy become such a fan favorite?" Maybe because 90-95% of the fans at Citi Field are white? And the Wilponzi's (for once) recognized what is good for business by catering to their fanbase? When McGwire and Sosa were doing the Home Run race in '98 a few times a week there were articles of fans in Washington Heights who "took great pride" in openly rooting for Sosa because of his ethnicity, complete with photos of cars adorned with banners and soap writing on the windows. It was considered a morale boosting good thing. If someone was interviewed in the suburbs and stated he was a McGwire fan because "he's white" he'd get blasted as a bigot with no tolerance.