On Tuesday night, we saw something we hadn’t seen since May 27, 2016: David Wright playing in a baseball game. Despite the fact the every person in this world thought David Wright would still be on his death bed for at least a few more months, Wright was back last night to DH in a rehab game for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets.
Wright would go 0-4 with two strikeouts, but it’s a beautiful sight to see the captain on the field again. There’s a good chance David’s back is too shot to ever return to the major leagues, let alone make an impact on the Mets. However, if there’s one way to start a comeback, it’s to team up with Jesus Christ himself.
How about that? The Mets all-time hits leader takes the field with the most famous minor league baseball player of all time. This man is the definition of miracle-working. Reviving the Captain David Wright’s career? No problem at all.
If David is ever healthy enough to play in the majors, the Mets could be in a tough situation for sure. On one hand, you have a healthy (and when I say healthy I mean is able to take the field) veteran who is the Captain of your team and one of the best players in franchise history. In addition, he’s making a lot of money. On the other hand, his production would all but definitely be way down, and there would be other infielders (ex: Wilmer Flores/Jose Reyes) who may not be much better, but would be much better fits for the position. I’d love to see David become a coach, and it would be very interesting to see if the Mets consider him as a candidate for their next manager.
David Wright’s production was well down in the last stretch he played, which was from his return from a long DL stint on August 24, 2015, to when he last played on May 27, 2016. I feel like David only had 5 hits/big plays in that stretch (he hit .226 in 37 games played in 2016). However, that’s because all 5 were huge ones.
His very first at-bat back on August 24, 2015, an absolute moonshot Home Run.
His run scored on a Yoenis Cespedes double, in a huge September game against the Nationals.
His 2-run single with 2 outs, bases loaded, and a 3-2 count in Game 1 of the 2015 NLDS, the Mets first playoff game in 9 years.
Perhaps his signature moment as a Met, a 2-run home run in the first inning of the first World Series game in his career and the history of Citi Field.
And lastly, his walk-off single just a week before his 2016 season was shut down.
Even though his best days were well behind him, those were some great moments as a Mets fan seeing the guy who has been through all the ups and downs come up in big moments for a team that was finally great.
Check back for more updates in Tim Tebow’s quest to Make David Wright Great Again.