Maybe after last nights game winning walk-off hit by David Wright, some dissenting Mets fans can begin to embrace David Wright as clutch hitter.
Of course, one game isn’t going to convince you of anything, but last nights win over Puerto Rico was actually one of many.
When Wright stepped up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth with his team down by one run, several Mets fans in our chat bemoaned the situation and said he was the worst guy the USA could possibly have at the plate in that situation. Well guess what? Wright proved everyone wrong, and he delivered the biggest hit for Team USA in their short WBC history.
Wright had a great night all around and had three hits, a walk, a run scored, two RBI’s and a stolen base. The run scored came on an incredible slide in which he avoided the tag from the throw to the plate be maneuvering his hand to touch the rear of the base. It was just another clutch move on his part. In 23 at-bats for Team USA, Wright is now batting .348.
The crowd erupted with chants of “USA! USA!” as his USA teammates players mobbed around David Wright in sheer ecstasy and wild celebration as they advanced to the semi final round for the first time ever.
It was an exhilarating win and an electrifying moment for Team USA.
Wright’s heroics, also sent a half dozen Mets back to St. Lucie including Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran who have nothing to be ashamed of. Both of them were among Puerto Rico’s top performers. Last night, Delgado crushed a homerun that shifted the momentum to Puerto Rico for most of the game, and Beltran made a highlight reel catch when he jumped and reached above the wall to take a homerun away from Brian McCann.
Congrats to Team USA, Welcome Back to Nelson Figueroa, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jesus Feliciano, Pedro Feliciano and Alex Cora.
For more on David Wright’s clutchness, check out Ken Davidoff’s column in Newsday this morning, and let me remind you that at 25 years old, Wright is second on the Mets all time list with six walk-off hits, just one shy of tying the mark.