The New York Mets have proved to be a disappointment once again. With a 69-84 record, New York’s season has been over for quite some time. However, even in a dismal season the team and its fans can still take away something good. For the Mets, that means watching captain David Wright accomplish a great milestone.
After missing 45 consecutive games, Wright was finally able to take the field once again. It certainly did not disappoint as his two-run homer in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night gave him sole possession of second place on the franchise’s all-time home run list. What makes it even more magical is that he passed catcher Mike Piazza to do so.
“I think that anytime, especially with Mike being honored next week, to surpass him in a statistical category, you know that you did something right,” Wright said, according to Mets.com. “To be mentioned in any type of sentence with Mike is pretty special. Obviously, he’s a Hall of Fame hitter, catcher and one of the best to ever play the game.”
The fact that Wright was even willing to play in the first place is impressive. Being one of the best players on the team, nobody expected him to take the field after dealing with a bad hamstring that kept him on the disabled list for well over a month, especially with the season over. However, the veteran leader decided to show that he is willing to suit up with the younger players and give them some confidence in the process.
“I feel like I’ve said this a million times but I’ll say it again, this is what I do,” Wright told Mets.com. “This is what I love to do. If I’m healthy enough to play, I’m going to play. Therefore, I’m playing, that’s as simple as it gets.”