After so much back and forth about whether or not David Wright would play for the Mets this season or ever again, we finally have an answer.
Sources have told the New York Daily News that the New York Mets will activate their Captain for the final homestand of the season, and that will be it for The Captain. After 13 seasons as a New York Met, David Wright will hang up his cleats at the end of this season.
The last time David Wright played for the Mets was May of 2016, since then the road to recovery has been long and tough, but 2018 saw the Captain make some serious strides. After a rehab stint in St. Lucie, where he went 6-for-32, Wright moved to Las Vegas, where he went 1-for-9 with 4 strikeouts. On August 30th, the Mets announced that Wright would rejoin the team in Queens, continuing his rehabs under the Big League training staff.
This should be welcomed news for fans of the Orange and Blue. There was a time when it seemed that Wright wouldn’t step on a baseball field again. Setback after setback and failed rehab after failed rehab, we’ve been through it all. However, the unwavering constant has been David Wright’s clear desire to get back on the diamond at Citi Field.
Regardless of whether it’s his last time in a Mets jersey on an MLB diamond as a player, David Wright made it back. It was a struggle and a fight, but our Captain fought back with everything he had.
He’s finishing strong. The way we knew he would.
This news also signals the end of an era for Mets fans. In the most immortal of locks for the century, I can tell you this: the Reyes/Wright Era is over. The Mets favorite 3B/SS combo will take the field together for the last time this season and then Reyes will be sent out to pasture or at least away from Queens.
That’s the best way the Mets can say goodbye to the past and hello to the future. It’s interesting that this news comes at a time when the Mets are at a precipice. The future is staring them right in the face as Jacob deGrom fights for a Cy Young and names like Nimmo, Conforto, Rosario and McNeill jockey for playing time against veterans like Austin Jackson, Jay Bruce
Sure, David Wright is a part of that old guard, but it would seem that his watch hasn’t ended and won’t anytime soon, at least not off the field. David Wright returns to Gotham in a year where youth is king and the Dark Knight was sent packing. The Mets need a leader, a hero… a Captain off the field.
Sure this can be looked at as ceremonial, but in a season lost to the inability to play competent baseball, this whole last month is ceremonial at best.
During his press conference Wright expressed his love for the game.
Bring on the Captain. Thank you, David. For everything. #MyCaptain #MrMet
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