There has been plenty of chatter in the media and Mets fan base about what should become of team
captain, David Wright. The third baseman used Monday’s (4-18) game as the perfect opportunity to silence his critics.
Wright has been battling spinal stenosis. His regimen has been documented in articles across the board. A number of fans and even some in the media have said he should probably just call it a career. Wright used his bat to tell everyone he is the leader and he will lead by example.
The Mets have stumbled into the 2016 season. The hits have not been there. The pitching has been sketchy courtesy of Matt Harvey. An injury and personal matter has taken Jacob deGrom away from the team. Yoenis Cespedes did not start out like many would have hoped he would. I mean, heaven forbid a player has any warm-up time. I’m sure the critics hit the gym and go straight for those 50lb dumbbells, right?
Well, the captain set the tone against the Phillies with a home run to right-center in the first inning. The Phillies would respond in the bottom of the third to tie the game at one.
It did not matter.
The Mets saw what their captain did and followed suit. Lucas Duda and Neil Walker both knocked one out in the eighth inning off reliever David Hernandez to make it 4-1 Mets.
Not to be outdone, or maybe to just shut his critics up, Wright came up in the ninth and took Elvis Araujo deep to the opposite field.
Wright holds the most home runs from a visiting player at Citizens Bank Park with 22. When asked about it, he had this to say:
Obviously it’s a good place to hit.
But he would not just credit his hitting to winning this game.
It’s a lot easier to hit when your starting pitcher goes out and give you seven and gives up one run. That’s for sure.
Just like a leader.
Whether he is done or not should not be discussed. Take Wright however way you can get him.