David Wright’s Big Game Stands By Itself
Before this World Series began, I thought that anything more would be gravy.
No Yankee sense of entitlement, just humility and awe at seeing this team-on-the-fly in the World Series, against a team that plays the game right.
As a Met fan staying home and watching, I could not have wished a game like Friday’s for David Wright, but there it is – a two-run homer that energized the Mets, two more runs on a single later.
And two Jeterian plays in the field – a scramble into the corner to fetch a ball and hold the batter to a single, and a swipe tag that was validated by replay. He didn’t dive into the stands and bloody himself. But he would have.
I wrote about Wright nine days ago, and Tyler Kepner had a lovely column in Saturday’s NYT; I don’t have to go over it again – upstanding leader, solid player, and now, for one manic night, the star of a World Series victory.
Noah Syndegaard’s strong six innings, perhaps you could trace them back to the day in spring training when Wright and Bobby Parnell dumped Syndegaard’s lunch in the garbage.
Friday was the reward for Wright, for Syndegaard, and maybe even for Parnell who ran out of velocity in his comeback.
No idea how the Mets will do, as of Saturday morning. But I would like to quote the eminent baseball sage, Johnny Damon, who on the night the Red Sox fell behind, three games to none, to the Yankees in 2004, stood in the crowded clubhouse at Fenway and calmly told reporters: "Unless I'm mistaken, we've won four straight before." (Turned out they had, eight times.)
The Mets have had their own streaks in this run. And David Wright had a game that he and Mets fans can and should always remember, on its own.
10/31/2015 10:20:55 am
Went last night with my son . Ridiculously emotional. The captain homers. Granderson homer lands right under us. Billy Joel. Mike Piazza. Standup to cancer (just lost my brother this year). Moment of silence for murdered police officer. Syndergaard goes high and tight, looks shaky but then figures it out.
10/31/2015 10:48:59 am
It really was. It's hard to feel part of it watching the national/international network broadcast. I got some photos of the 7 train via somebody who was on it. My condolences to your family. GV
10/31/2015 12:29:48 pm
No gratuitous bat-flip for Captain Wright. For now, at least, Citi Field has a home run moment to rival Piazza's post-9/11. Goosebumps all over again.
10/31/2015 05:47:42 pm
Thanks, George. You nailed it. I also enjoyed Roy and Mendel's reflections. Like you all, I don't know how this is going to end up, but I'm just grateful to be watching it -- and grateful, especially, for David and Terry. I know, for those pros, that it's about winning it all - World Champs and all that - but I'm just happy for them that they are in the World Series, in New York, with thousands of loving fans watching. I'm proud to be among them. We'll remember this magic run even if we don't win it all. So will David, how may be more physically brittle than any of us realize. But I'll save that nagging worry for another day. LGM.
10/31/2015 07:20:45 pm
Peter, thanks for the note. The Mets are built on gratitude for their existence, going back to 1962 when first fans were happy to see Elio Chacon and Marv Throneberry and Jay Hook and the rest -- just to have National League ball back in NYC after the Dark Ages. I submit that Mets fans, young, sense the same thing. Nobody expected this.
11/1/2015 06:06:40 am
My Dear George, How are you!
11/1/2015 07:46:21 am
11/2/2015 08:10:53 am
How long before a recap post, George. We're all going to need a place to wind down...
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