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New York Mets captain David Wright officially returned to the batter’s box when he made a pinch-hit appearance at Citi Field on Friday night.

Robby Sabo

The captain has officially returned home. Not only did he return home to Citi Field, but he also returned home to the right side of that familiar batter’s box when Mickey Callaway called his number on Friday night.

Pinch-hitting for Paul Sewald to start the bottom of the fifth inning, David Wright hit, perhaps, the most memorable groundout in New York baseball history.


Wright, 35, was officially activated by the New York Mets earlier in the week with the express purpose of finishing his playing career this weekend at home.

The outpouring of love has been nonstop. Even the Yankees decided to get in on the act with a full-page ad congratulating Mr. Wright on his “distinguished” baseball career.

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As far as the game was concerned, the fish (Miami Marlins) knocked off the Metropolitans by the final of 8-1. New York could only muster five hits in the game as opposed to Miami’s 13. If any lineup could use David Wright’s unbelievable 2008 season that saw him smack 33 home runs and drive in 124 hits while hitting .302, it was this collection of Mets hitters on this very night.

Two games remain in the playing career of the Queens captain. The only thing left to witness is whether or not he’ll get the chance to man his position over at third base on Saturday or Sunday.

As of early Saturday morning, No. 5 has hit 242 home runs while collecting 970 runs batted in and putting up a career batting average of .296.

This weekend will be David Wright all day, every day. Should he smack one out beyond Citi Field’s fences on either day, the building may come crashing down.

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