Sometimes a pitcher needs to bust a hitter on the inside part of the plate. It’s all part of the game.
Sometimes that pitch doesn’t go exactly where it was intended to; unfortunately, on Saturday that pitch was a 94 mile per hour fastball that left the fingertips of Matt Cain and imparted itself just over the earhole of David Wright’s helmet—forcing it upward towards the sky and dropping Wright quickly to the dirt, where he lay motionless for a few minutes.
It was a scary moment at Citi Field, to say the least, and it left what felt to be an ominous, dark cloud over the ballpark. When Wright was able to come to his feet and walk off, he received a generous standing ovation from the crowd.
It seems during these contentious and tumultuous few months that Wright was the last Met left standing, and it was partly satisfying to see him walk off on his own volition.
Wright went to the Hospital for Special Surgery shortly afterward, where he was examined overnight by two neurologists.
According to various media sources, it has been noted that Wright, a character guy as well as a star, had pressed Mets brass to let him return as soon as possible. The Mets, in turn, put Wright on the 15-day DL and finally made a decision that was better for the player and the organization in the long run.
It appears the Mets have learned a thing or two from the Ryan Church fiasco last season. During that time the Mets went on the advice of the player over the doctor, and it had terrible aftereffects for Church, especially after the Mets allowed him to fly with the team from Atlanta to Colorado after his second concussion of the season.
The Mets finally got one right with David Wright. Factoring in the medical miscalculations and PR disasters that have followed the organization over the course of the last two seasons, it was a nice change, to say the least.
With nothing to play for, why should the Mets risk damaging the future of their bright, young 26-year-old star during the pointless string of games that will happen to finish the season?
No one can question Wright’s toughness or the Mets' decision making, at least on Sunday—proof that even Omar Minaya and the rest of the front office can surprise you if you wait around long enough.