Come Saturday, I’m going to be an emotional wreck.
I’m not alone in this, as it is set up to be a heart wrenching day for Mets fans. Captain David Wright will start what is likely to be his last ever MLB game in front of a sell out crowd.
Through the ups and downs, highs and lows and everything in between, Wright has been a staple for the Mets since debuting in 2004.
Despite being sad for what could have been a Hall-of-Fame career had he not been hampered by injuries, it’s also nice to look back at what Wright did provide us while he was healthy.
This is the first part of a two part series. For this one, I will touch upon some of the best offensive moments in David Wright’s career.
Wright’s Walk-Off Against Rivera
The 2006 Mets were badass. Those guys couldn’t lose. Until, of course, a certain relief pitcher hung a secondary pitch to Yadier Molina and the Cardinals went on to beat them in the NLCS.
In May, the Mets faced off against the Yankees in the rite of passage Subway Series. Wright dug into the dish with the game tied six apiece and promptly walked off Mariano Rivera.
Wright clobbered the ball to center and narrowly missed a home run, but was able to hit it far enough so Johnny Damon couldn’t catch it. Paul Lo Duca trotted home as Wright’s teammates jumped on him in celebration at first base.
All-Star Game Bomb
That same year in 2006, Wright was one of many Mets to make the trip to the Summer Classic.
He appeared in the Home Run Derby the night previous and lost to Ryan Howard in the final round, but made up for it the next day by tucking a home run over the left field wall at PNC Park.
The shot was off Tigers’ pitcher Kenny Rogers and tied the game up at 1-1 in the second.
Wright joined Lee Mazzilli as the only other Met to ever homer in an All-Star game.
World Baseball Classic Walk-Off
Facing off against Puerto Rico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Wright stepped up to the dish in the bottom of the ninth with the bases juiced and promptly delivered a walk-off hit to right field.
Though the United States failed to capture the championship as they came in fourth, Wright’s walk-off was an emotional victory for baseball fans and Mets’ fans alike.
Despite wearing No. 4 in the classic, No. 5 was still No. 1 in our hearts.
Wright Returns to the Lineup…With Thunder!
2015 was a roller coaster ride for Mets fans, and even more so for the captain, who had to battle just to come back after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis earlier that season.
But, the long time Met came back for the stretch run and did it in style.
Against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in his first game back since April, Wright launched a no-doubt home run to left field.
The Mets were down 3-0 at that point, but went on to win 16-7 after an offensive barrage that saw them club a team record eight home runs.
World Series Dinger
There was nothing greater than seeing Wright in the World Series, except maybe one thing. Him hitting a home run in the World Series.
Despite the Mets capturing just one victory as they fell to the Royals in five games, the one game they did win saw David Wright smack a home run to left field.
Unfortunately, we never saw David get to hoist the World Series trophy in the Canyon of Heroes, but at least we did get to see him hit a dinger in baseball’s highest stage.
There have been many great offensive achievements in Wright’s career as a Met, but these were a few of my favorites.
Which ones are yours?