On Thursday afternoon, New York Mets owner Jeff Wilpon, assistant general manager John Ricco, and third baseman David Wright held a press conference discussing Wright’s plan for the remainder of the season.
The Mets announced that Wright will be activated to the 40-man roster for the final homestand of the regular season, starting September 25th with the series’ against the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins. Wright will be penciled into the lineup at third base September 29th for the middle game of the series against the Marlins.
“The way I feel right now and from everything the doctors have told me, there’s not going to be an improvement. So, yeah, I don’t see that as a possibility.” Wright said when asked about the possibility of playing after the 2018 season.
So unofficially, September 29th would be David Wright’s final start of a historic career in Queens. Understandably, an emotional Wright thanked the fans, teammates, and organization. He would end his career the all-time Mets leader in at-bats, hits, runs, RBI, doubles, walks and finish second in home runs with 242.
The reaction on Twitter was expectedly full of universal praise and admiration for the longtime Mets third baseman.
Love you #5 ❤️
— Jose Reyes (@lamelaza_7) September 13, 2018
God bless you David Wright
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) September 13, 2018
David Wright has been as accessible, decent and graceful player I have covered, often in a dysfunctional, miserable environment. He ALWAYS rose above it as a person. The best to him in this farewell. And in retirement #Mets
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) September 13, 2018
It is truly a sad day not just for the #Mets, but #MLB. David Wright is a class act, an iconic player, and one of the best players to ever put on a Met uniform. He’s been through hell physically and put up with hell. An amazing person to know and watch.
— Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) September 13, 2018
It’s almost underselling it to call David Wright the face of the franchise. For so many dark years, he engendered more good will than anybody else associated with the Mets. And it wasn’t particularly close.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) September 13, 2018
— Cut4 (@Cut4) September 13, 2018
(2005) David Wright makes a spectacular barehanded catch. 🙌
— Timeless Sports (@timelesssports_) September 13, 2018
From all of baseball not just the Mets fans, Thank You Captain.