The Mets have have been ravaged by injuries in the last two seasons, losing nearly every significant piece on their roster to an extended absence. But the one absence that hurts the most is Mets captain David Wright. Since the start of 2015 when diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, Wright has managed to play in just 75 games and made 338 plate appearances. The team has not seen the Captain on the field in nearly a year and a half. This clubhouse could have used Wright’s leadership. Players like Noah Syndergaard could have used the push in the right direction rather than refusing to get an MRI because he felt “fine” and suffered the consequences in the form of a season ending injury.
According to MLB.com beat writer, Anthony DiComo, “David Wright terminated his rehab assignment today, the Mets announced. He’ll undergo a medical exam in NYC this week.” I can’t lie to you, I had dim hope that Wright would get through his rehab without a setback. A part of me envisioned David Wright starting another game at the hot corner with former teammate Jose Reyes to his left at shortstop like we were living in 2006 again. I’m not alone in thinking that either, ““When I signed here, I was very excited about that … at least we (could) start at least one game together, you know him at third base and me at shortstop, at this point it’s been kind of hard for that to happen,” said Reyes.
I was lucky enough to witness David Wright’s first career start for the Mets. The 21-year-old hit 7th behind Mike Cameron and went 0-4 on July, 21st, 2004. I was merely ten at the time but I would have never guess what Wright would become for the Mets. Fast forward over thirteen years and the now 34 year-old Wright is the Mets team leader in WAR, At-Bats, Runs, Hits Total Bases, Doubles, RBI’s, Singles, Extra Base Hits, WPA, and Strikeouts. If Wright doesn’t make it back to the team, he will fall just 10 home runs shy of Darryl Strawberry for the Mets lead in Home Runs.
What I’m having particular trouble with is whether Wright is going to have his number retired with the Mets. He completely and without a doubt should, but the Mets have shown hesitation when retiring numbers. They have retired just four numbers in their history, most recently number 31 in 2016 for Mike Piazza (with the other three being Seaver’s #41, Gil Hodges #14 and Casey Stengel’s #37). Piazza had to wait over 9 years for the Mets to retire his number, it coincided with his induction to the Hall of Fame. Seaver and Stengel are both Hall of Famers as well. Unfortunately, David Wright will most likely make the hall of very good, and not the Hall of Fame. Let’s hope, as Mets fans, that the Wilpon’s will not show the reluctance with Wright that they did with Piazza. I wish I never have to see another Met with the number 5 without the name Wright above it.
With a very real possibility that Wright hangs up his cleats. Let’s reminisce about some of my personal favorite moments of the Mets Captain.
2015: Wright Upper Decker Home Run in first game back since April.
2015: First Career World Series Home Run versus Ventura
2015: Mets Comeback versus Nationals in Crucial late game set in September. David Wright’s fist pump that all Mets fans remember.
2005: Wright Makes an Incredible barehanded catch
2005: David Wright dives into Stands to make an unbelievable catch
Videos courtesy of MLB.com youtube.