Mets Icon David Wright Announces Retirement After 14 Years
Mets longtime star David Wright announced Thursday that he will suit up one last time before he calls it quits in New York.
A borderline Hall of Fame career is scheduled to come to a close after the Mets’ final home stretch in late September.
Wright, 35, announced to the press today that he will be active September 25, and will start at third base on the 29th for his final game of professional baseball.
“So, this is it, right?” a reporter asks a teary-eyed Wright.
The Mets longtime face of the franchise dipped his head down and collected himself as he began to actualize the gravity of his future.
“Yeah, I would say the way I feel right now, and from what the doctors have told me … Yeah,” Wright said.
A string of cataclysmic injuries has restricted the franchise icon’s ability to play in over two full seasons, most notably a stint with spinal stenosis and a herniated disc.
It all started when the Mets turned a new page on the new millennium, one that promised a jolt of fresh faces, and an attitude of hunger. On July 21, 2004, Wright made his professional debut alongside Jose Reyes, forming a heavily anticipated duo in the Shea infield.
A fourteen-year career, marked by seven all-star appearances, a few gold gloves, and the hearts of millions of New Yorkers and foreigners, Wright has served as the face of baseball in Queens for the past decade-and-a-half. A most dependable third baseman in the twenty-first century, a time of uncertainty for the Mets, Wright was an excellent hitter and fielder throughout his time as a professional.
A record-holder for most of the offensive distinctions in the club’s history, Wright was the model of consistency throughout his time with the Mets.
Wright’s World Series homer was the exclamation point on a stellar solo career, long staved of any true team success. Accounting for almost half of the runs in the Mets’ sole victory against the eventual champions, Wright sent a two-run shot for the lead off of the late Yordano Ventura in game three in Flushing.
An ovation welcomed him home that day when he brought the Mets their first World Series win since 2000. His country embraced him as ‘Captain America’ following his go-ahead grand-slam for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in 2013.
Both will unite to thank him once more before the conclusion of the 2018 season.