David Wright
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David Wright’s final game for the New York Mets mirrors his career. For all the good feelings and emotion, it left us wanting more.

Danny Small

David Wright’s final game was a proper sendoff for the New York Mets legend. Even though it will go down as one of the few bright spots of the season, it left fans wanting more.

The beginning was all class — just like Wright. The night opened with his daughter throwing out the first pitch.


It continued with a dramatic entrance for Wright in the top of the 1st inning. The third baseman ran out onto the field — solo — to a raucous ovation from the packed crowd. The sentimentality continued when Jose Reyes took the field — before the rest of his teammates — and stood to Wright’s left for one more game.

Picture perfect.

In his first time up to the dish, somehow, he fought through his nerves and worked a walk. Calm in the face of pressure — just as he always was. Fans could take a breath as Wright reached base, but minds began to fantasize about that next at-bat. The final at-bat. But the storybook ending was never written.

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It wasn’t the picture perfect ending many envisioned. Following his second at-bat — a foul out to the first baseman — Mets fans could only hope for one more opportunity for The Captain. It was known that he was only planning for two at-bats, but the foul out seemed anti-climactic. It felt like it was over too soon. Unfortunately, that’s one of the overarching themes of Wright’s career. It felt like we were cheated out of something.

A seven-time All-Star by the age of 30, Wright seemed destined for immortality. Not only would Wright be a legendary Met, enshrinement in Cooperstown seemed attainable. But the other side of 30 was never kind to Wright. After playing 137 games in 2014, he would never play more than 38 games in a season and only played in 76 games total over those final four years.

Wright’s career is ending prematurely and a foul out is not the best note to end on, but those types of storybook endings don’t come around often and unfortunately, New York already used its one-in-a-million ending on the other Captain.

But if you’re looking for that signature moment in Wright’s career that checks every box, look no further than his two-run home run in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series.

In many ways, 2015 was the beginning of the end for Wright. He only played in 38 games and yet, he found himself on the postseason roster. Not only that, he contributed in a gigantic way. He added four RBIs in that game and helped lead the Mets to a 9-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. It was the only win the Mets could manage in the series. But the fact that the Captain had his moment makes it all the more special.

While that home run was a special moment for Wright, his final sendoff was powerful in its own right. The ovation was well-deserved.

The game dragged on following Wright’s exit. The Mets and Marlins alike struggled to plate a single run until the bottom of the 13th. But eventually, Austin Jackson broke through with a double that plated Michael Conforto.

Wright’s night was officially over and thus, his career is officially complete. We will always wonder what could have been if injuries didn’t get the better of The Captain. He was always class and he will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest Mets in history. But it will always feel like he deserved more.

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