By Rob Schardt
After years of heartache, laughter, and success there was one man who stuck with the franchise that faced all of these emotions. That man is David Wright. The New York Mets announced last week that Wright will be activated for the final home stand of the season, in a September 29th matchup against the Miami Marlins. This game will likely mark David Wright’s last Major League Baseball appearance, bringing an end to an amazing career that was doomed by injury.
Throughout the past few years, Wright has been going through major step backs every time he tried to step on the field. The last game he played in was May 27, 2016 and has had 3 major back surgeries since that time. It has sure been heartbreaking to see a player with so much talent end his career this way. It is not confirmed whether or not Wright will play, but fans may see an at bat and hopefully an inning in the field at third base, which he anchored for over a decade. The 7-time all-star has a career .296 average with 242 homeruns and 970 RBI and a pair of gold gloves.
Wright holds several records for the franchise including the most, hits, RBI, total bases, runs scored and doubles. David Wright meant everything to this franchise and fans cherished him every time he stepped on the field. Met fans have always looked at Wright, like Yankee fans looked at Derek Jeter because of the leadership quality he brought to the team. He created so many memories throughout the years including iconic homeruns, catches and walk offs. His World Baseball Classic grand slam to win the game for Team USA, that deemed him Captain America, was one specifically that brought the entire country together.
There were so many times he gave Mets fans something to smile and cheer about everything he took the field. David Wright was one of the most respectful and respected players of all time, who always had a smile on his face. Wright was never the same player after his first back injury, but has been working as hard as he could for the past 3 years to get back on the field, but his back is just not getting any better. It is hard to see a player that all fans and young baseball players love go through this, but leaving the game may be for the best.
The Citi Field crowd will most certainly be in a sea of emotion when they see that iconic number 5 jersey step off the field for the final time as a New York Met. This certainly marks the end of an era in New York, but his impact on the city will never be forgotten. Thank you for all the memories Captain Wright.
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