The New York Yankees are considered one of the classiest organizations in all of sports, that continued Friday as they honored David Wright.
As the entire baseball world knows, this is New York Mets’ third baseman David Wright’s final series of his career.
Wright has done so much for the Mets and the city of New York that their crosstown rival New York Yankees honored Wright with a full-page ad in the New York Post.
Classy move, #Yankees. A full page ad in the New York Post to congratulate David Wright. Well done. pic.twitter.com/LaLPaanw32
— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) September 28, 2018
The ad reads: “New York Yankees congratulate David Wright on a distinguished career.”
Yankee fans are usually used to watching their beloved players honored from other teams. Both Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera received farewell tours when they both retired, and the Mets took part in that.
In 2015 the Mets gave Jeter his number two in a subway tile mosaic. They also gave Rivera a fire call box plaque and a fire hose nozzle in 2013.
The @Mets honored their crosstown rival, presenting Derek Jeter with a No. 2 subway tile mosaic. #FarewellCaptain pic.twitter.com/ld44fN4ErT
— MLB (@MLB) May 15, 2014
This would not be the first time that the Bronx Bombers honored a player from a rival. They honored David Ortiz with all different kinds of gifts during Ortiz’s farewell tour in 2016.
.@Yankees honor @davidortiz with gifts AND a surprise guest … #ThanksPapi pic.twitter.com/SOcif7rIIU
— MLB (@MLB) September 29, 2016
Since the Subway series games have already been done with, the Yanks won’t get to see Wright man the hot corner against them again. The next best thing, give him an ad, and why not?
Wright is the Mets version of Derek Jeter, and he deserves to go out the right way, on his own terms. He will get that chance on Saturday when he steps foot in the batter’s box for the first time since 2016.
In his career against the Bombers, Wright hit .301 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs. Despite the success against them, Yankee fans have to respect what Wright has done for the Mets and New York.
So, congratulations on an amazing career David. It is a shame it has to end like this.