David Wright: 2015 NL Champion Mets All Time Franchise Third Baseman- Part Two (2008-2015)

In 2008 the Mets put aside their disappointing season collapse & looked forward. Big things were once again expected in the final season of Shea Stadium as the new Citi Field loomed in the background getting its finishing touches nearing completion.

Wright drove in three runs, gathering up a pair of doubles on Opening Day in Florida in a 7-2 win against the Marlins. Two days later he had a three hit day with his first HR of the year driving in three more runs in a 13-0 shut out of the Marlins. In the middle of the month he homered in three straight games with a big day on April 15th against the Washington Nationals . That day Wright drove in five runs in the Mets 6-0 win, including a two run HR off Odalis Perez & a double off Joel Hanrahan.

On April 29th, He added a walk off game winning single on April 29th, against the Pittsburgh Pirates to finish the month of April. He closed out the month with 23 RBIs. In May he had an eight & nine game hit streak and then followed up in June by driving in twenty four runs.

With the Mets struggling at .500 in mid June, the team fired manager Willie Randolph & gave coach Jerry Manuel the position. The whole thing took place while on a road trip to Anaheim, Wright drove in two runs in Randolph's last game a 9-6 Mets win. After losing the first game under Manuel, the Mets won the second 5-4 with Wright gathering two hits with two RBIs.

In that months subway series he drove in runs in three of the four games, including a four hit three RBI day in the first game of a June 27th cross town double header. On July 7th he had a four RBI day in Philadelphia leading New York to a 10-9 win over the Phillies. He added another four RBI day, including a HR on July 17th at Cincinnati in a 10-8 Mets win.

On August 7th Wright hit a dramatic walk off HR against former Met, Heath Bell to beat the San Diego Padres 5-3. The next day as the Marlins came to town, Wright hit a two run HR off Ricky Nolasco as Oliver Perez & Aaron Heilman shut out Florida 3-0 on a combined two hitter. On September 10th, the Mets had an important win at Shea, against the Washington Nationals. In the 13-10 win, Wright led the charge with three runs driven in, keeping New York 3.5 games up on the Phillies.

In mid September he had two four hit days, also hitting three HRs over two games against the Atlanta Braves. He also homered in back to back games later in the month as well. The Mets once again blew the chance for the playoffs on the last day of the season, losing the last game ever played at Shea Stadium. Wright had driven in runs in five straight games from September 21st through September through the 25th. He also had a nine game hit streak which ended on the last day of the season where he was 0-4.

At third base he led the league in assists (286) & games played (160) posting a .962 fielding %.

For 2008 Wright batted .302 (tenth in the NL) leading all Mets regulars, as well as leading the club in most offensive categories: on base % (.390- 7th in the NL) RBIs (124- second most in the league) hits (189- also second in the NL) doubles (42-7th in the NL). He scored 115 runs (3rd in the NL) walked 94 times (5th in the NL) had a league leading 11 sac flies & was on base 287 times (2nd in the NL). 

He was second to Carlos Delgado in HRs (33) which was 9th in the NL. Wright came in 7th in the MVP voting & may have done better if the Mets had won the NL Eastern title. At third base he played 160 games, most in the league, led in assists (286) & was second in put outs (114) with a .962 fielding %.

In the 2009 Mets home Opener at the new Citi Field, Wright hit the first Mets HR at the new park, a three run shot in the 6th inning off Carlos Silva to tie the game. But in the 6th inning a Pedro Feliciano balk allowed the winning run to score after he had reached on a three base outfield error.

Wright started out the year with a ten game hit streak & had a dozen multi hit games in May. In a three game series against the Giants in San Francisco he had three straight three hit games, while driving in nine runs in the series. He put together a big 12 game hit streak the next month & was batting .350 in late June.

At the All Star break the Mets were in fourth place, six and a half games back, it was clear bad times were here again. Wright made his fourth All Star team, starting at third base going 1-2 in the NL's 4-3 loss.

He was still batting .324 at the break, but only had five HRs & his power numbers were down in the new large Citi Field dimensions. He began to take criticism as the team fell further down in the standings. He missed two weeks of action going on the DL while suffering a concussion after getting hit in the head by a fastball from San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain.

He returned on September 1, wearing a new style Rawlings batting helmet, to help the impact of getting hit. In the month he only hit two more HRs as his average fell off to .307. The two HRs came on a big three hit, six RBI day at Philadelphia in a rare happy occasion during the last month of the dismal 2009 season.

In 144 games Wright hit just 10 HRs leading the injury ridden club in hits (164) RBIs (72) & doubles (39). At third base he led the league in put outs ( 119) & was third with 18 errors posting a .950 fielding %.

In 2010 Wright appeared at Spring Training two weeks early, in order to get a head start on the new season. 2010 was a better year for Wright although the Mets still finished at 79-83 in fourth Place. On Opening Day he hit a two run HR off Florida's Josh Johnson in his first season at bat, as the Mets began on a happy note 7-1. Two weeks later he reached a personal milestone as he got his 1000th career base hit.

On April 27th he had a big four RBI game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. In the game he hit a bases loaded triples off George Sherrill & added an RBI base hit in the 10-5 Mets win. In the first week of May he hit three HRs & had 18 RBIs for the month.

In June he was the NL Player of the month batting over .400 with 14 multi hit games, 30 RBIs & six HRs. It began with a three hit game on June 1st in San Diego, where his 6th inning HR proved to be the 4-2 game winner.
From June 10th through June 17th he drove in runs in seven straight games, 14 RBIs overall in that stretch. He hit a pair of HRs at Camden Yards in Baltimore on June 13th driving in four runs, in the 11-4 Mets win.

After driving in a run in each of the three games at Baltimore, he drove in runs in all three games at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. In the series Opener he drove in three runs against the Indians in a 7-6 Mets win.

A month later, On July 30th he hit a pair of HRs in a the first game of a double header against the D-backs at Citi Field, driving in five runs in the Mets 9-6 loss. The next day he led the team to a 5-4 win as he drove in three more runs against Arizona with two more hits. In August after not hitting another HR in over three weeks since the Arizona game, he hit four HRs from August 17th to August 26th, getting his average back up to .290.

In September he hit two HRs on the road in back to back games. at Chicago & Atlanta. From September 19th on he his six HRs including one in three straight games beginning in Philadelphia on September 26th, followed up with back to back HR games at home against Milwaukee.

After his hot month of June, he didn't hit as well the test of the way, as his average fell on the season to a career low .283 up to that point. He still played in 157 games as he staying healthier on the season.

Wright hit 29 HRs with 36 doubles 19 stolen bases a .354 on base % while driving in 103 runs. It was his fifth year of driving in over 100 plus runs & he made his fifth All Star team as well. He led the league in sac hits for the second time. At third base he led the league in assists (321) put outs (110) & errors (20) putting up a .956 fielding % turning a career high 34 double plays.

That season the Mets brought up the highly touted prospect Ike Davis and Wright was now being looked at as the veteran of the younger team.

In 2011 Wright struggled again, he missed over two months of action with a stress fracture in his back, as the team fell to fourth place once again. There were even rumors during the season that he may be dealt away, as the team owners; the Wilpons had financial troubles losing money in the Bernie Madoff scandal. The team had a new manager in Terry Collins & a new GM in Sandy Alderson. Once again the Mets seemed to be in a rebuilding mode.

One of his highlights on the year was a single against Philadelphia on April 5th, giving him his 90th career game winning hit. The hit passed Mike Piazza for most game winning hits in Mets history. In July on his return from the DL he went 2-5 against the Florida Marlins and had a big return series going 6-14 with a HR three doubles & six RBIs.

On August 8th in a home game against San Diego, he hit a two run HR, & then in the bottom of the 9th inning with the Mets down 8-6, he hit a single scoring Jason Pridie. The Mets won the game when Wright crossed the plate on a Lucas Duda base hit.

Wright would hit a three run HR when the Mets went to San Diego the next week in a 7-4 New York win. That week won the NL Player of the Week Award, his third in his career. On September 16th in a 12-2 Mets win at Turner Field in Atlanta, Wright hit two HRs & drove in five runs for his biggest game of the year.

He finished 2011 with his lowest average to date .254 4 HRs 23 doubles 61 RBIs 54 walks & a .345 on base %. It was the first time in six years he did not make the All Star team.

In 2012 there was a lot of talk that Wright may be finished & that his time in New York was nearing its end. The Mets had already parted ways with their other franchise player, Jose Reyes fresh off his batting title year. Gone too were Carlos Beltran & any other remnants of the 2006 NL Eastern team,

It was a young rebuilding team that had a great first half, surprising everyone by being in second place. They faded in the second half finishing a poor 74-88 in fourth place.

Wright would lead the team in hitting (.306) RBIs (93) on base % (.391%) walks (81) doubles (41) hits (178) & runs (91) as well as at bats (581) & tie for games played (156) with Ike Davis & Daniel Murphy. He was second on the club with his 21 HR to Ike Davis who hit 32 HRs.

On Opening Day Wright drove in the only run of the game with a 6th inning single off the Braves Tommy Hanson in the 1-0 win. The win also marked the return of Johan Santana from his injuries, although he pitched five shout out innings he earned no decision. That week Wright showed he was not done just yet, as he drove in runs in his first five games & hit two HRs. He fractured his pinkie & would miss just three games, returning to go 3-5in a game against the Phillies.

On April 25th he passed Daryl Strawberry for on the all time Mets RBI list, with his 735th career run driven in, it came with a two run HR against the Miami Marlins. He would close out April batting .389 riding a ten game hit streak to May. On June 5th he passed Jose Reyes when he hit a solo HR off the Nationals Jordan Zimmermann for the all time Mets Runs Scored title (736).

His HR numbers were a bit lower but his average was up, in June was on a fifteen game hit streak & was leading the National League in hitting. At the start of July he drove in runs in all three games of a home set against the Philadelphia Phillies. He had two separate four RBI games where he hit HRs in that set as well, as the Mets took two of three.

He was also among the league's best in batting, hits, on base % runs scored & slugging but was snubbed for the starting position at the All Star Game. The San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval earned the start even though his numbers were nowhere near Wright's.

In the second half of the year the Mets fell apart, they began with a six game losing streak that Wright helped break on July 19th. That day he hit two HRs & drove in five runs in the Mets a 9-5 win at Washington. In August he struggled not hitting a HR until the 24th & his average fell from .333 to .316 by September.

In late September he got hot again, hitting four HRs in the final week & half of the season. On September 23rd, he hit a 1st inning HR off Ricky Nolasco whom he always hit well against, & drove in another run later leading the Mets to a 3-2 win over the Marlins. Wright would then have two three RBI games in which he hit HRs in a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field.

On September 26th at Citi Field, Wright passed Ed Kranepool as the Mets all time hits leader, during a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On December 1st 2012 Wright signed an eight year 138 million dollar deal, making him the highest paid Met in history. This secures Wright as possibly being one of the most recognized Mets players (along with Tom Seaver & Mike Piazza) in team history when his career is over.

Wright can possibly be the only superstar Met in team history to remain with the club for his entire career.

On March 21st after a Spring Training contest, it was announced that Wright was named the fourth Mets Captain in the clubs history. He follows the legacy of Captain's Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez & John Franco.

Wright started out with a good month of April in 2013, finishing the month with 20 RBIs a .415 on base % & a .291 batting average. 

His first hit & RBI came on Opening Day in the Mets 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres. On April 16th he hit his first two HRs of the season, they came at Colorado in an 8-4 Mets loss. Wright began the month of May by hitting HRs in his first three games.
On May 1st he had a HR with three hits in Miami, in a Mets 7-6 win. On May 3rd in Atlanta, his top of the 9th inning HR off Craig Kimbrel tied the game in which the Mets went on to win in extra innings. The next day he hit a two run shot off the Braves Tim Hudson. On May 17th Wright hit a HR helping Matt Harvey to his fifth win of the year, to go 5-0. 
On May 27th, the Mets were down 1-0 to Phil Hughes & the AL New York club in the subway series at Citi Field. Wright blasted a HR to left center field to tie the game. The Mets would win the game on their way to a sweep, with an 8th inning RBI single from Daniel Murphy.  In June he collected his 1500th career hit, overall he hit five HRs, including two on June 20th in Atlanta in a 5-4 Mets win.

In July, Wright was selected to start at third base for the NL in the All Star Game played at Citi Field. He became just the fourth Mets player to have appeared in at least seven All Star Games. Wright had a big three days surrounding the All Star Game as he was treated with celebrity status around New York City. He was elected HR Derby team Captain & hit five HRs of his own in the contest.
When he was announced during the pre game introductions, he received a tremendous ovation from the home town fans at Citi Field. He then received the ceremonial first pitch thrown out by Mets Hall of Fame Pitcher; Tom Seaver. Wright went 0-2 in his first two at bats, before getting a 7th inning single off Greg Holland. It was one of the three lone NL hits in the 3-0 loss.
After the break, he battered two HRs in his first three games back to regular season play. Overall Wright would hit safely in all but three games the entire month of July, getting his average up over .300 again.

On August 2nd, he hit a two run HR in a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. The next day he pulled a hamstring & was out of the line up until September 20th. Upon his return he hit a two run HR off the Phillies Cole Hamels in his first at bat. The next day he hit another HR as the Mets went on to sweep the Phillies in three games. The HRs put Wright second on the Mets all time HR list, passing Mike Piazza & second to Daryl Strawberry.

Wright finished 2013 playing 112 games (430 at bats) hitting 18 HRs with 23 doubles, a career high 6 triples (9th in the NL), 17 stolen bases, 58 RBIs & a .382 on base %. At third base he posted a .973 fielding %.

In February of 2014 Wright was voted "the Face of MLB" by fans online. But a bad season which probably had something to do with his recurring shoulder injury didn't even get voted to the NL All Star team. It was just the third time in ten years that he did not get the honor. The Mets needed Wright & Curtis Granderson to have good years in which they did not, this was a big reason the team finished narrowly under .500.

On Opening Day Wright had three hits including a 10th inning two run HR that brought the Mets within two runs, but they fell short in a 9-7 loss to the Miami Marlins. In April he did have a twelve game hit streak, got over the .500 mark then fell off.

His next HR came on May 10th, it was a three RBI day in the middle of a streak where he drove in runs in five straight games. He had four hits & drove in three runs in the subway series across town in the Bronx, in which the Mets won both games. By the end of May he was batting .295 & leading the club with 30 RBIs.

In June he hit just two HRs, but starting on June 17th, he drove in runs in seven straight games, eight of nine. Over the next month he would drive in runs in 17 of 28 games. This included an eleven game hit streak as well as keeping his average up in the .285 range. On July 11th he hit what was his last HR of the season, it came against the Marlins at Citi Field in a 7-1 Mets win.

He started out August with a 13 game hit streak but the nagging shoulder injury acted up & by the end of the month his season was winding down. On September 8th, with the Mets seemingly out of contention, he & the team agreed to end his season. Wright finished off with a .269 batting average, 144 hits, 8 HRs, 30 doubles, 63 RBIs, 8 stolen bases in 13 attempts & a .324 on base %. The on base % was the lowest of his career & his average was his second worst as he  hit .254 in 2011. He also grounded into 22 double plays (4th most in the NL) & struck out 113 times in 535 at bats.

On the field he posted a .954 fielding %, as he committed five errors at third (4th most in the NL) second to Daniel Murphy on the club.
In late December, Wright began to swing a bat for the first time in preparation for the 2015 season.

Wright was excited going into Spring Training & as a positive attitude surrounded the team for the upcoming year. He was in the Opening Day line up at Washington, batting second & playing third base. In the third game of the year he drove in his first two runs of the year, helping the Mets in a 6-3 win over the Nats. The next day he hit his first HR of the season in a loss at Atlanta.

On April 14th, in just the eighth game of the season, Wright pulled a hamstring as he was attempting to steal a base. He was put on the 15 day DL, but things got a lot worse as he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Wright would end up missing four months of the season & his career was thought to be in jeopardy.
After a long rehab period, he was playing ball again at St. Lucie for eight games batting .321 in preparation for his return to New York.
On August 24th, Wright made his return to the Mets, finding himself on a first place team with a five game lead, fighting a playoff spot. Then in dramatic fashion in his first at bat where he was hitting in the clean up spot, he blasted a 2nd inning HR off the Phillies Adam Morgan. Wright made it a point to show that during the pennant race, the Captain was back.
In September he would hit three HRs while driving in 12 runs, and have himself nine multi hit games. From September 7th to the 14th during the Mets eight game win streak, he drove in five runs. On September 26th, the Mets clinched the NL Eastern Divisional title with a 10-2 win over the Reds at Cincinnati. In the 9th inning, the Mets Captain stamped his name on the clincher with a three run HR.
Wright at this point had become the longest tenured player in the major leagues, this after Chase Utley was traded away from the Phillies. Wright was the last player left from the Mets 2006 NL Divisional win & after nine years of ups & many downs, he was able to enjoy the joy of being on a winner once again. It was onto the post season & Wright the face of the Mets franchise, was front & center in the playoff atmosphere.
On the regular season he played in just 38 games hitting .289 with 5 HRs, seven doubles & 17 RBIs.
2015 NLDS- In Game #1 of the NLDS, the Mets were clinging onto a 1-0 lead at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. In the 7th inning, Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw walked three batters & was removed from the game with two outs. Wright came to bat against reliever Pedro Baez & welcomed him with a two run single that helped Jacob deGrom & the Mets to a 3-1 win. Captain D. Wright was the offensive hero of the game, his great comeback added to his legacy continued to in Mets history.
Wright would not get another hit in the NLDS, batting just .063, but did walk four times scoring a run.

2015 NLCS: In Game #2 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field, Wright got things going right away for the Mets off Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, with a 1st inning double driving in Curtis Granderson with the games first run. In Game #3 at Wrigley Field, he collected three hits with a walk scoring two runs in the Mets 5-2 win. Overall he batted .286 (4-14) with an RBI, 4 walks & 5 runs scored. In Game #1 he also surprised everyone with a stolen base.
On October 24th Wright appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show with team mates Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom & Wilmer Flores.

2015 WORLD SERIES: On October 27th Wright got to play in his first World Series, the Mets opened up Game #1 of the 2015 Fall Classic in Kansas City against the Royals. Wright would get two hits on the night, but in the 11th inning he struck out to end the inning with two runners on base in a 4-4 tie.
In Game #3 at Citi Field, the Mets were already down 2-0 in the Series as well as 1-0 in this game. Wright blasted a two run 2nd inning HR, putting the Mets ahead & exciting the home town fans.
He would add an RBI single in the Mets four run 6th inning, helping the Mets to their only series win behind Noah Syndergaard's outstanding pitching performance. Wright went hitless in the next two games. Overall he hit .208 in the Series with a HR 4 RBIs & a walk.

As 2016 began he was the Mets regular third baseman with lots of concerns about his health. Those concerns proved to be true, when on June 3rd he went to the DL with a herniated disc. On June 16th he underwent neck surgery to repair the disc & was out for the rest of the season.

In April he hit his first HR on April 18th, his tenth game of the season. He connected for two that day leading the Mets to a 5-2 win. On April 26th, his 7th inning single proved to be the game winning hit, as the Mets won a 4-3 game in Cincinnati over the Reds.

In May he hit five HRs, with HRs in three straight games he played in, all coming in Mets wins. A three run shot against the Nationals, then solo shots in a 2-0 win over the Nats in the same series in D.C.

His last HR of the year came in a 6-5 win over the L.A. Dodgers in a 6-5 win at Citi Field. That was Wrights last game of 2016, in 37 games he hit 7 HRs with 14 RBIs batting .226.

Quotes- David Wright: After trying every way to get back on the field, I've come to realize that it's best for me, my teammates and the organization to proceed with surgery at this time. My neck simply did not respond to any of the treatments of the past few weeks. While incredibly frustrating and disappointing, I am determined to make a full recovery and get back on the field as soon as I can to help the Mets win. I greatly appreciate the support of my teammates and our fans throughout the last few weeks." 

Before Spring Training 2017, while still rehabbing from neck surgery  he had more shoulder issues, which haunted & prevented him from playing all season. In September he underwent rotator cuff surgery. In 2018 he announced that September he would play in his final game (see next article).

Quotes - Terry Collins: “It’s really, really sad to think that this guy, probably one of the best players in the game, has had to miss the amount of time he’s had to miss with various injuries. I salute him for what he’s had to go through, but it’s really tough to watch. He's a special person”
In his Mets career Wright has played 1583 games all with the New York Mets. He has played 1571 games at third base which is 36th most all time.
He has made 1087 put outs (77th all time) with 2945 assists (43rd all time) & has turned 237 double plays (53rd all time) while posting a .955 fielding % (20th all time).
All Time Mets Leader Board: Wright is the Mets All Time leader in RBIs (970) hits (1777) walks (762) doubles (390)  sac flies (65) total bases (2945) at bats (5998) hit by pitches (45) strike outs (1292) & games played at third base (1572).
He is second all time in Mets games played (1585) & HRs (242). He is fourth in stolen bases (196) seventh in slugging (.491%) & fourth in on base % (.376%). His .296 average is second to John Olerud (.315) & Keith Hernandez (.297) with anyone who has had over 1000 Met at bats.
David Wright is looked at as one of the nicest guys in baseball, a true gentleman of the sport known for his politeness. Besides being known as the Mets Team Captain, he is also referred to as Captain America. He arrives at the ball park early & signs auto graphs for kids before the game & after. He always has a smile & time for his fans & the media.
Personal: Wright resides on the lower East Side of Manhattan as well as Manalapan, New Jersey & Manhattan Beach California.

Wright married model Molly Beers in beautiful La Jolla California, on December 26th 2014. They had their daughter Olivia Shea Wright in July 2016.

Health: His strict health rules require nine hours sleep a night, one coffee only a day & a diet of hard boiled eggs, avocados as well as a daily salad.
Wright is a spokes person for Ford dealerships in the New York / New Jersey market. Wright has a Delta Airline MD-88 plane named after him. The planes name along with his Jersey number 5 & his signature appear on the boarding door. The plane is a shuttle between New York, Boston & Washington D.C.

Charities: The David Wright Foundation is his own charitable organization in which it brings an awareness about multiple sclerosis. The Foundation raises money through events, contributions & various projects. Its first annual gala was held at the NY stock Exchange in 2005 raising two million dollars. He is also very active in the Boys & Girls clubs of America.


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