The New York Mets received some bad news Thursday as it was announced that David Wright will undergo neck surgery, a procedure which most likely means his season is over. The team’s captain is also dealing with spinal stenosis, a condition that will not be improving as his age advances. At this point in his career, Wright will never be the same player he was five years ago. No player usually is. However, he is now dealing with two major issues at an age when a player’s skills usually start declining. In fact, at age 33, it may also be time for him to be thinking about retirement. As we absorb the loss for the Mets possibly for good, let’s look back at three big moments from their star third baseman’s career:
Getting to Mo-May 19, 2006
You have to know something special is going on when you hit one a long way against Mariano Rivera. In the first game of the 2006 clash between the Mets and crosstown rival New York Yankees, the Bombers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The Mets answered with three of their own in the bottom of the frame. After five innings, the two teams were tied at six and it stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Paul Lo Duca doubled and after Carlos Beltran struck out, Carlos Delgado was intentionally walked. That’s when this happened:
World Series-October 30th, 2015
Game three ended up being the only contest in which New York was victorious. Noah Syndergaard was the story, his six innings of three-run ball that was highlighted by that first up-and-in pitch to Alcides Escobar. However, it was Wright who was the offensive star in the 9-3 Met victory. He had four RBI’s on the night including this two-run home run that put the Amazins out in front 2-1 in the first inning.
Final bow?-May 21, 2016
If, unfortunately, this is the end of the line for Wright, this hit against the Milwaukee Brewers will go down as his last great moment. Jacob deGrom did not have it on this day, as he gave up four runs in five innings. The Brewers built a 4-1 lead after three and a half innings before the Mets began to chip away. Yoenis Cespedes‘ two-run homer in the sixth tied the game before Wright’s heroics ended it in the ninth.
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