In an emotional press conference at Citi Field, long time Mets legend David Wright said he would play one more game & then , even though he never used the word, will most likely retire.
Wright will suit up and play third base in the Mets season finale on September 29th, against the Miami Marlins. He will come off the DL on September 25th & be ready in some capacity on the 29th. Obviously, it is unclear how much pain he will be in or how long he will play.
Quotes: “Physically, the way I feel right now and everything the doctors have told me, there’s not going to be any improvement,” “I’m just very appreciative of being able to run out there again and kick third base,” he said. “It’s going to be emotional for me, but at the same time I’m accomplishing the goal. It’s weird for me to put the uniform on when I’m not playing or on the disabled list. It just doesn’t feel right. But it’ll be great to put that uniform on again and really feel like a player.”
Wright had Mets assistant GM John Ricco & Jeff Wilpon by his side at the press conference. Wilpon stated Wright would be medically unfit to play, beyond this one appearance. So it is undetermined what will happen to the $27 million still owed to him over the next two years. If he retires it is forfeited.
Wright has began his career in 2004 & has spent all 13 seasons with the Mets. Due to his spinal stenosis injury, he hasn't been in the line up or on the field for the past two seasons. He made seven All Star teams & played in one World Series. He has hit over .300 seven times & had five 100 plus RBI seasons.
Wright is the All Time Mets leader in hits, doubles, RBIs, walks & Runs scored, as well as games at third base. He second games played to Ed Kranepool & second to Darryl Strawberry in HRs.