For the first time since May of 2016, the Mets plan to activate David Wright prior to tomorrow night’s game. The plan is for Wright to be given one last start on Saturday the 29th against the Marlins.
Fans are fired up for his return, as ticket prices have shot up, and Citi Field figures to be sold out. Wright’s teammates are also very much anticipating the return of their Captain.
“I’m excited to see the reception that he’s going to get from the fans. I’m sure it’ll be very emotional for him. I’m excited just to see everything, just the whole situation. I hope it’s everything he deserves,” Conforto said.
Conforto told Reiber that when he was selected by the Mets in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, Wright was the first person to reach out to him.
“When I thought of the Mets, I thought of David Wright.. For me personally, it’ll be really special and I’m excited for him to finally get back out there and just soak it all in,” Conforto added.
Mets manger Mickey Callaway told the media on Sunday that the plan is to try to use Wright as a pinch hitter at least once prior to Saturday’s start.
Mets first baseman Dominic Smith says that it would “be awesome” if he had the opportunity to be called back to the dugout so that Wright can pinch hit for him against a lefty.
“If I can give him my at-bat, to let him hit and play again, I definitely will,” Smith said.
To this point in his career, Smith hasn’t had the opportunity to play in a Major League game with Wright, but he is hoping for that opportunity on Saturday night.
“I grew up a baseball fan and when I was younger he was one of the best players in the league. He was our captain for a long time and he holds a lot of Mets records, so just to play with him one time in my career, it would definitely be a special moment for me,” Smith said.
“He’s worked incredibly hard for the last couple of years. He’s rehabbed on a couple of my teams over the last two years in the minor leagues on his way to come back, so to finally see him get into a big-league lineup, I’ll be very, very happy for him,” Smith added.