In yesterday’s 14-6 loss to the Braves, David Wright officially tied Darryl Strawberry on the all-time Mets RBI list with 733. It took Wright only five more games to get to this figure.
The man Wright is passing is one who helped to change Mets baseball forever. He changed the way people looked at the Mets and proved himself to be one of the greatest Mets of all time. Darryl came into his own in late in the 1983 season, ending the year with 26 home runs, 76 RBI and a .257 batting average, winning the Rookie of the Year Award. Darryl went on to have seven more fantastic seasons with the orange and blue, including a stellar 1986 season, helping to lead the Mets to a world championship.
Darryl also proved to be clutch at such a young age. In game 7 of the 1986 World Series, Darryl hit a solo shot in the eighth, essentially sealing the deal for the Mets. He was the figurehead of the 1980s teams and the face of the franchise.
David Wright came up at the tender age of 21 in the 2004 season, near the end of the reign of another New York legend- Mike Piazza. Mike’s professionalism made him a great person for kids to look up to. Not only was he a great player on the field- hitting 30 or more home runs in four straight seasons- but he was also known for his leadership. He led the Mets in the difficult days after 9/11, hitting his most famous home run- an eighth inning shot in the first game back that lifted the spirits of New Yorkers and people all around the country.
At just 29 years of age, Wright’s name already belongs up with these two greats. He had five straight .300 seasons from 2005-2009, something no Met has ever done. He is looking very impressive this season, striking out far less than before. It seems possible that his multi-year “slump” may be coming to an end.
But what has been more impressive than any statistic has been the heart and soul David has invested in this team. He has always been a team-first guy without question. He goes out there every night, and leaves it all out on the field. He fights through injuries and always has the team in mind with whatever he does. He’s not a headache. He is not a troublemaker. He is the rare combination of skills and attitude that fans coaches, and scouts are always seeking. His passion for the city and the franchise is admirable.
In the coming months, the Mets have to extend David Wright. It would be a shame to let him walk.