In a brand new series here on FROM VA TO THE SHOW, I’m going to introduce my collection of baseball memorabilia of ball players from our state.
David Wright (Chesapeake) rose from Hampton Roads to put together a stellar career with the NY Mets. Before he hit the Big Apple, he played for about 3 weeks with the Norfolk Tides in the summer of 2004. Yes, the same Tides that he grew up watching.
On this day, Sunday December 20, the 33rd birthday of Mets star 3B David Wright (Chesapeake), this interesting article from mlb.com, a photo retrospective of his career.
He rose from the Hampton Roads region of Virginia and put together a solid major league career, spanning 15 years, with the Twins, Rockies, and Mets. He was a batting champion and a Silver Slugger. He had numerous other individual accomplishments that very few major leaguers have ever done. He got to play for one season with childhood friend David Wright (Chesapeake).
Michael Cuddyer (Chesapeake) has announced his retirement from baseball, walking away from the last season of his 2-yr contract with the Mets.
In this latest installment, where I name an all-time TEAM VA, we turn to the hot corner. There is no debate here on who should man third base on the all-Virginia team. The clear choice here is Mets all star David Wright (Chesapeake).
Wright currently plays for the New York Mets, for whom he made his major league debut in the summer of 2004. (This was after spending three weeks playing for his hometown Norfolk Tides at AAA.)
Since debuting with the Mets, Wright has, basically, re-written the Mets record books. He is the team’s all-time leader in most offensive categories, including RBIs, runs, hits, and extra base hits, as well as sacrifice flies. He is a 7-time all-star and won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in 2007 and 2008. In 2013, he was named the 4th Team Captain in Mets history, and in 2015, he was named to the Mets Franchise Four.
For his career, David Wright is batting .298 with 235 HR and 956 RBIs.
SN article analyzes Cooperstown chances of Mets slugger David Wright (Chesapeake). Not great.
Interesting article about Mets franchise player David Wright (Chesapeake).
(This is an ongoing series where we look back at some memorable moments of the 2015 season involving Virginia ballplayers.)
The New York Mets expected to be competitive when the 2015 season dawned. They had a young squad that many thought could, maybe, make some noise for a Wild Card. Their hopes for such an outcome appeared to be dashed about two weeks into the season when team captain 3B David Wright (Chesapeake) went down with a hamstring injury. Playoff hopes appeared to be further dashed when Wright was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a condition that involves narrowing of the spine, something that ended the career of Mets great Lenny Dykstra. Many thought the same fate would befall the Mets franchise slugger.
The Mets pressed on, as many of the team’s other sluggers picked up the slack in Wright’s absence. Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, and trade acquisition Yoenis Cespedes all helped keep the Mets in the thick of the playoff race. In fact, they would eventually overtake the heavily-favored Washington Nationals and sit in first place when August 24 rolled around.
The Mets were in Philadelphia, sporting a 67-56 record. With roughly six weeks to go in the season, the Mets had slid into first place, and were about to get a major boost for the stretch run-DAVID WRIGHT RETURNING! The Mets announced that their star player would be activated from the DL, just in time for the final push for the postseason. As a number of other sluggers were filling in nicely on offense for the Mets, they were not expecting Wright to be the star slugger he was. Just his presence on the team would hopefully be a morale boost to the Mets clubhouse, the team reasoned.
Someone apparently forgot to give Captain America that memo.
Wright crushed one of the Mets’ team-record 7 HR and scored 3 runs himself as the Mets crushed their division rival Phillies by a score of 16-7.
Wright finished the season batting .289 with an OB% of .389, and the Mets won the NL East division title by a margin of 7 games over Washington.