The posts have been limited lately- I’ve been a bit busy interning for the Mets and going to school and just life in general. But I found it necessary to write this post.
Last night, I watched as David Wright came to the plate in the 3rd inning to get his 1,419th hit. Even though these games mean nothing, David’s record made it mean something for not only himself, but for all Mets fans.
He hit it hard and far in his first at bat, but broke the record on an infield single that didn’t go that far up the third base line. Go figure! Wright joins the ranks of Derek Jeter (Yankees), Todd Helton (Rockies) and Michael Young (Rangers) as the only active players to lead their franchise’s all-time hits lists. That seems like pretty good company.
It took Ed Kranepool, the previous record holder, 1,853 games from 1962-1979 to reach his 1,418 hits. He was only seventeen years old when he came up to the Majors. Kranepool was in the crowd at Citi last night to congratulate Wright. Now that’s class!
David Wright played his 1,256th game in a Mets uniform last night and now has 1,420 career hits to lead the franchise. He was drafted in 2001 and made his MLB debut with the Mets on July 21, 2004. If you didn’t believe it before, then I suggest you believe it now- he is Mr. Met!
If you listen to WFAN in the morning, it seems that some of their broadcasters could care less about David’s accomplishment. One of them went so far as to say that Wright’s feat means nothing because the Mets franchise is so terrible.
Guess what? Mets fans are proud of David Wright and think this is an amazing accomplishment so it doesn’t really matter what everyone else thinks, right? Wright leads the Mets in hits, RBIs, runs scored, doubles and walks. This speaks for itself. I really don’t understand how his future can be so uncertain with a line like that. And that doesn’t even take into account the leadership role he takes on the team. Wright made it clear that it would have been better if the team was winning and that this moment was bittersweet, but David should be proud of himself no matter what the situation. It gave fans a glimmer of excitement in an otherwise dead second half. He made history and showed everyone why he should stay a Met for life.
“It’s remarkable…It’s a testament to what a really, really good player he is. It’s a testament to his work ethic. Even last year, he’s never satisfied. All he wants to do is get better.”– Terry Collins on David Wright’s historic accomplishment
Even though Wright’s historic night kind of overshadowed it, Jeremy Hefner pitched an amazing game! This was definitely a bounce-back outing for him after his nightmarish last outing where he didn’t even get an out against the Phillies. Hefner was extremely effective- throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, striking out seven and walking just one, in the Mets’ 6-0 shutout. Congrats to Hefner on a great outing!
DICKEY ON THE MOUND- Speaking of a glimmer of excitement. R.A. Dickey heads to mound at 1:10 PM today looking for his 20th win and continuing his run for the NL Cy Young Award. Everyone knows hes deserves it, but I’m sure winning this game wouldn’t hurt his chances HAHA. You can bet that every Met player wants to be at the top of their game to help Dickey get this win. I can only imagine what’s going through Dickey’s head at this moment. If you read his book or just know about him as a person and player, he has worked hard to get where he is and Mets fans know he wants it bad. GOOD LUCK DICKEY! Everyone out there is rooting for you! Are you going to be out at Citi cheering for him because I will! Send Dickey some positive thoughts on Twitter!– @RADickey43
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JON RAUCH!!! The Mets reliever turns 34 today! Give him some birthday shout outs on Twitter- @jrauch60