With all that has happened to the New York Mets over the last seven or so years, it’s nice to see them contending rather than being the laughing stock of the league. With all of their great pitching, and now seemingly adequate offense, David Wright is the only person on the Mets who truly deserves to lead them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
It was almost like a Hollywood script. On August 24th, David Wright finally returned from what seemed like an endless stint on the Disabled List with Spinal Stenosis. And like he did similarly the previous year, he hit a home run in his first at bat in Philadelphia.
After pledging allegiance to the Mets in December 2012 with a contract extension, Wright has had his ups and downs. He became the Captain of the team and the Face of MLB, and had a great 2012 season (.306/.391/.492 41 2Bs, 21 HRs, 93 RBIs). However, besides the 2012 season, all of the other years have been utter disappointments. Ever since the extension, he’s been bouncing on and off the Disabled List. But if his first game back is any indication for things to come, the Mets might have their Captain back.
If you’re a fan of the Mets, you have to feel for Wright and what he’s been through. This was a kid who went to the Mets minor league games in Norfolk, Virginia. He grew up a Met fan and was drafted out of high school by the Mets. He made his debut when he was 21, and had some MVP-caliber seasons during his career. However, as he’s getting older, and his body is starting to deteriorate, people don’t think he can be the type of player that he used to be. Whether that is true or not, one thing is for sure, David Wright is someone who won’t let an injury, or any critics, keep him from playing the game he loves. And as the Mets drift towards postseason ball, David Wright looks to be back in the driver’s seat: Wright where he belongs.