David Wright has played only a single game in 2016 and already the media and certain members of a regularly loyal fanbase have written his obituary. Wright went 0 for 4 on Sunday night and was visibly flat on the field. Though it was not the season debut I was hoping for, I have all the faith in the world in David Wright and expect The Captain to be a meaningful contributor to the Mets in 2016.
Back in October, I had the pleasure of attending my first World Series. I met up with a buddy of mine who works in the medical field, and of course I asked him about Wright’s diagnosis. He told me there were varying degrees of spinal stenosis, and with some physical therapy Wright should be able to play.
Of course there is always the chance that it could get worse.
To be able to play a physically demanding game with an injury – no matter what the degree – is commendable. Fans appreciate the dedication and teammates know they have someone on the team that will get on the field no matter what hurdles are put in front of them.
So with that in mind, why is it that David Wright has a bad game and it’s apparently the end of days?
Did everyone forget who David Wright is? The amount of blood, sweat, and tears he left on the field wearing a Mets uniform? Do you need a reminder? If that is the case, please read the following list of Mets records all owned by David Wright:
NY Mets Franchise Career Records
At Bats: 5506
Runs scored: 910
Total Bases: 2,665
Runs Created: 929
Extra Base Hits: 541
Times on Base: 1,993
Hit by Pitch: 41 (Tied with Ron Hunt)
Sacrifice Flies: 59
NY Mets Single Season Records
Total Bases: 334 (2008)
Runs Batted In: 124 (2008) (Tied with Mike Piazza in 1999)
To go along with his Mets records, Wright has a career batting average of .298, 235 home runs, and 193 stolen bases. He’s also a 7x all-star, 2x Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award winner, 30-30 club member for 2007, and was a member of the US World Baseball Classic team in which he hit that amazing Grand Slam in 2013 and that unforgettable walk-off in 2009.
Now that your memories have been refreshed and are now reminded who is the best player to ever wear a Mets uniform, please spare yourself any more embarrassment and buy yourself a Yankees cap. You’re no longer wanted in Queens.