THE YEAR AFTER THE YEAR AFTER EFFECT

Mike Pelfrey is running out of rope, and maybe, out of time.

On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox slapped Pelfrey around in his second spring start in an 8-2 loss in Port St. Lucie. In three innings Pelfrey allowed three runs and four hits. He worked on his forkball, which failed to, well, fork. He worked on his sinker too. The only thing that sunk were the collective hearts of Mets fans.

WRIGHT WANTS MORE THAN ‘ROCK STAR’ IMAGE

David Wright doesn’t want the “rock star” image, he wants to be a baseball player who collects jewelry every October.

Wright arrived in New York in July 2004 at the tender age of 21. Almost immediately he was the face – and the future – of the organization. Single women began showing up at the ballpark carrying marriage proposals written with a Sharpie, stenciled on cardboard signage. Young, passionate male Mets fans wear his jersey – home white, home pinstripe, black or road gray, you name it – and shout praises and encouragement from the box seats. Video games, endorsements, magazine covers, David Letterman … welcome to the Big Apple.