Being a Mets fan is pretty tough nowadays, but the World Baseball Classic has brought us a little bit of pride.
The United States historically have been pretty disappointing in the World Baseball Classic, but this year there is a chance that may all change – and David Wright is a huge part of that success.
Starting off with his two-out Grand Slam against Italy, Wright gave the U.S. team an offensive spark they so desperately needed. After getting by Canada with their bats waking up in the final two innings of Sunday’s game, the U.S. team was Miami bound to face Puerto Rico kicking off their second round in the World Baseball Classic.
What was still a fairly close game after seven innings, Wright came up to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning. Looking for more of the same, I sat up in my bed waiting to see if Wright could put this game away for good – and sure enough he did!
Wright hit a bases clearing double to seal their win over Puerto Rico and get the Americans only a win away from San Francisco. The Twittersphere exploded with David Wright trending along with his new nickname Captain America, and instantly became the highlight to these WBC games for the United States. With that performance, Wright brought his RBI total up to 10 and leads the team in hitting along with almost every other category.
What does this prove for us Mets fans? David Wright can produce even more than expected when there is support around him. Could you imagine if he had offensive power around him like he does now in the Classic? He would no doubt be an RBI powerhouse and get the Mets back to their 2006 status.
I’m hoping this burst of power and strength with batters in scoring position carries over to the 2013 season. The last thing we all want to hear is how he left it all in the WBC and have remnants of post Home Run Derby rear their ugly head again.
Regardless of how the WBC does plays out, it is so damn awesome that David Wright is the talk of the baseball world right now and I couldn’t be prouder to wear the orange and blue. Times like these don’t come often for us Mets Die Hards, so I’m going to enjoy every second of it.