After Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Phillies, I got on the phone with my dad and we naturally discussed the game. We discussed everything from who was responsible for the only run (Daniel Murphy) to Dickey’s performance. Despite letting off the two solo home runs, both my dad and I felt that Dickey pitched well enough on Monday and Chris Young pitched well enough on Sunday to keep us in the game.
However, there is one thing that my dad and I tend to disagree on and that is the future of David Wright.
Of course, when it comes to David Wright, I tend to become borderline fangirl, but I get where my dad is coming from when he says the Mets shouldn’t be paying David Wright an enormous sum of money if they are just going to continue losing. Why should David Wright get Ryan Zimmerman money if he plays for a team that is just going to lose down the stretch and isn’t ready to compete with the powerhouses in their division? When we talk about the playoffs, we are usually speculating that 2015 or even 2016 as out time to compete.
By 2015 or 2016, David Wright will be 33 years old. My dad is one of those people that seems to think Wright’s best years would be behind him, and that he actually peaked in 2007 and 2008. However I think that if David Wright takes what he was doing at the beginning of the year and harnesses it into something positive and longer lasting, then he still can still be that guy that was flirting with .400 back in the first half.
The real question for me is if David Wright can be a career Met.
If Peyton Manning can’t play with the Colts for his whole career and Albert Pujols can wear a different team’s red, then what’s standing in the way of David Wright to test the free agent market?
Obviously, many teams would be very happy to sign him; I’m pretty sure that the Colorado Rockies, who put in a waiver claim on him this year, just as they did the last year, would be very interested. Why? Because Wright performs extremely well at Coors Field.
My dad seems to think that Wright will not be a career Met.
He could very well pull a Mike Piazza and spend the last years of his career being a designated hitter in the American League.
I on the other hand, hope that David is a career Met and that when he retires, the Number 5 goes up on the wall at Citi Field. Having your number retired is the highest honor that any New York Met can have and I sincerely want David to be here long enough to make it happen.