David Wright Bittersweet As He Closes In On Mets All Time Hits Record

Third baseman David Wright blasted a two-run homer in Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins and now stands just four hits away from breaking Ed Kranepool’s franchise record of 1,418 hits. However in light of the team’s poor second half, he’s finding it difficult to find any enjoyment from his personal achievements.

“I think R.A. would agree with me but it’s tough to pat yourself on the back and enjoy these individual accolades when the team has struggled the way we have in the second half,” Wright said on Sunday. “It’s extremely bittersweet and difficult to enjoy, no question. Ultimately, you go out there for one reason and that’s to win and we haven’t able to do that in the second half. I’ll be able to enjoy the personal accomplishments after I’m done playing, not while playing because I don’t think that’s the way that I’m programmed. It’s tough to be satisfied with what you do individually when the team has struggled the way we have.”

After the game Wright told reporters how he believes it’s important that the team finishes strong.

“It’d be nice to finish on a strong note,” David Wright said. “You look at, for example, what the Orioles did, they finished strong last year and it kind of carried over into this year. It’d be nice to do that. And I think there’s a lot of individuals that want to finish strong and we as a team and an organization would like to finish strong.”

Wright is fifth in the league with a .390 on-base percentage, third with 40 doubles, fourth with 78 walks and is eighth in the National League with a .304 batting average.