Did you hear about the big comeback this weekend from the guy with the bad back?
No, not Tiger Woods. I’m talking about David Freakin’ Wright!
Seemingly out of nowhere on Saturday the Mets dumped the news on us that Wright would begin a rehab assignment in Port St. Lucie on Sunday. A little more heads up and The 7 Line Army that were already down in Miami for the weekend might have made the trip…
Wright played 5 innings in the field and had 3 at-bats. He finished 0-for-3 with 2 Ks, but who cares? It’s great just to see Wright out there in uniform again.
No one looks better striking out than David Wright. pic.twitter.com/3rXZ0877xL— Tim Reilly (@LifeOfaReilly) August 12, 2018
We all know the season is a wash. There hasn’t been a whole lot to cheer about. We get deGrom every fifth day and then we pray for something good to happen – and more often than not it doesn’t. Now, with David Wright back in the mix, things got a whole lot more interesting.
The realist in me says to not get excited about Wright. He’s experienced far too many setbacks and his injury is far too severe to make any sort of serious comeback. It’s over. Give it up. Captain Wright is done for good.
The fan in me says he’s going to play at Citi Field again. He’s going to be the poster boy for spinal stenosis recovery. The team is going to rally around Captain Wright and take him back to the promise land in 2019. He’s going to go out the WRIGHT way!
I’m willing to compromise between those two thoughts (with the latter being quite the stretch).
At the very least, Wright should indeed be healthy enough to make an appearance in a game this season. I don’t care if he takes another at-bat in Florida. He’s David Wright. If (maybe when, sorry) it becomes clear that Wright’s body cannot sustain playing anymore, then it’s time to get him prepared for one last hurrah.
Give us a homestand, one day or even just an at-bat. Wright deserves one last day in the Citi Field sun. If there’s anything good we can take away from this season as fans, it would be getting to see Wright play once more and giving him what could potentially be his farewell sendoff.
And Mets, don’t you dare give us a Saturday news dump if/when it’s announced that Wright is going to suit up for a game at Citi Field. We deserve ample time to prepare for such an occasion and Wright deserves a packed house in exchange.
If you're hitting the final home game on Thursday at Citi Field, swing by the Marina Lot to see some friends, maybe meet some new ones, and responsibly wash down your sorrows before heading inside.