Yesterday marked the five year anniversary of David Wright's MLB debut.
While this year has been a roller coaster for Wright, his determination and loyalty to this team are unrivaled.
If Wright plays less than 150 games in a full season, something drastic has to happen, and this is not the norm with baseball players in the modern era. He plays exhausted, sick, and injured more than almost anyone else in the game.
He played in the World Baseball Classic, was both instrumental in victory and persevered through both a knee to the head and a toe injury, but kept in mind that Opening Day was less than a month away and was mindful that his being available and healthy for Opening Day took priority.
Wright is and has been the de-facto captain, but also has the "choker" moniker to shake after he was part of the last two September collapses as they are currently defining the core of this team.
With Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado all out of action for the better part of the season with no return in sight, Wright is under an incredibly strong microscope and is still the face and voice of his team after every game.
Even though Wright himself played well during the last two Septembers even while feeling poorly with an injured foot in 2007 and walking pneumonia in 2008, his team was not able to make post season appearances during either year for a variety of reasons.
His onfield accomplishments are many, but here are some highlights:
- First Met immortalized in Wax; his statue is at Madame Tussaud's in New York along with Derek Jeter, the exhibit is called Subway Series.
- His own plane, the Wright Flight was created by Delta in April 2007. No longer in operation, but Delta is the official plane of the Mets and they are backing Wright on and off the field. Delta is currently promoting both the David Wright Foundation and Derek Jeter's Turn Two Foundation by having them compete in a friendly competition. The winner's charity gets $75,000.
- First Met to steal four bases in one game. This was accomplished in San Francisco in May 2009. Other than Vince Coleman and Bobby Bonilla, no one player has stolen four bases in a single game.
- First Met to have over 900 hits in their first five years in the National League, currently Wright is the Mets team leader and ranks third in hits. He is also the team leader in walks, stolen bases, doubles, triples, runs scored and RBI's.
- Holds the distinction of having the highest batting average at Shea Stadium of any Met in the franchise's history, he is only one of three to have a career batting average at Shea over .300.
- First Met hit and home run in Citi Field, both occurred in the same game on April 13, 2009. Both hits that game came in a losing effort, but they are in the history books regardless of game outcome.
- Last weekend the Atlanta Braves intentionally walked Wright 3 times during Saturday's game, it was the 2nd time in his career, the other team to do that was the Yankees in 2007.
Many fans forget that before Wright, third base was a revolving door position for the Mets, and his durability and reliability are qualities that cannot be questioned
No matter what the outcome of the season is for him personally or for the team that he loves more than anything in the world, David Wright is a team first player who puts the Mets before personal fame and fortune.