In the midst of a 1-0 13 inning win over the Miami Marlins, New York Mets fans were treated to what now can only be considered a gift to them. David Wright took the field one last time, and took two at bats as he was able to waive good bye to the Flushing faithful one last time.
In his two plate appearances, Wright walked and fouled out. It was in the fifth inning when he received his curtain call, one that will certainly be on replay for years to come. Regarded as one of the most professional players to ever take the field for Major League Baseball, Wright had the opportunity to end his storied career on his own terms, and he did so, as the best position player in franchise history.
Besides the fact that one of the best home grown players to ever don a Mets uniform walked off of the field this evening, there was an interesting game that took place. On the mound for the Mets was Steven Matz, and the Long Island native that watched Wright when he was growing up posted a solid outing. The lefty went six innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight. Perhaps the most impressive part of Matz’s outing was the fact that he did not falter when he had the opportunity to do so. In the first inning, he was able to fight his way through a jam with runners on the base. My Gut Reaction is that if Matz wants to continue an upward trajectory moving forward, he’ll need to stay healthy and keep his cool on the mound. He was able to do both this season.
A scary moment happened in the bottom of the seventh. After securing a single, Brandon Nimmo seemed to have injured his hamstring rounding first base. He was removed from the game immediately, and will presumably be out of tomorrow’s lineup.
The other notable hit on the evening came in the bottom of the first inning, when Jose Reyes doubled down the right field line, bringing back a certain nostalgic feeling from the days when him and Wright were forces at the top of the Mets lineup.