Amid the seemingly endless string of bad news this season for Mets fans is one glimmer of hope – a potential comeback by our captain, David Wright. The face of the Mets franchise hasn’t played in a Major League game since 2016. Since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis back in early 2015, Wright has undergone back, neck and shoulder surgeries, countless hours of rehabilitation and physical therapy, and has had several comeback attempts cut short. However, the 35-year-old refuses to give up on his career.
Wright has been visible in the clubhouse, assuming a leadership role as an unofficial coach while he continues to work his way back. Over the past few weeks, Wright has gotten solid reports from his doctors and has been slowly ramping up his training. He’s been swinging a bat, running, throwing and doing fielding drills. He’s still a ways off. If the progress continues, Wright will need some minor league work to prepare for the speed of the game. Realistically, Wright will never be a full-time player again, but it would be great for him, his teammates and Mets fans if he could take the field again, even in a limited role. Imagine the standing ovation he’d receive at Citi Field in his first game back.
If Wright does the near impossible and can even manage a few hundred more at bats between this season and next, he’ll stand to reach some career milestones – 1,000 runs (he needs 51), 1,000 RBI (30 more), 400 doubles (10 more), 200 stolen bases (four more), and 6,000 at bats (four more). These still fall short of Hall of Fame qualifying numbers, but they are pretty solid milestones nonetheless. Whether he makes it back or not, Wright will be remembered for being an all-around talent, team leader, and fan favorite. But one last hurrah would sure be sweet. It would at least give Mets fans a reason to come out to the ball park this summer.