Mets owe fans David Wright on final weekend
Added by Guy Kipp on September 24, 2013.
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As one Mets player—star and scrub alike—after another has hit the disabled list or been “shut down” for the season over the last two months, All-Star third baseman David Wright not only returned to the lineup Friday night in Philadelphia after missing seven weeks with a hamstring injury, he hit home runs in each of his first two games back.
In the third game of what turned out to be a Mets sweep of the Phillies, Wright sat the game out, because he had returned to the lineup without the rehab assignments an injured player usually is afforded during a season. But all the minor league seasons are over, and Wright had no other way to see competitive action other than to come right back and play in major league games—which is, incidentally, how all players returning from injury used to do it before rehab assignments became the norm just within the last two decades.
After the Mets finish the road portion of their schedule Wednesday in Cincinnati, they play their last four games at home against Milwaukee.
David Wright should be in the lineup for each of those four games.
Not only have Mets fans watched as one player after another has fallen by the wayside this year, and as two of their top three home run hitters were traded (not without justification, mind you), but they have watched a team that has, for whatever reason, consistently saved its very worst baseball for the home fans. The Mets have struggled to play above .400 baseball at home this year, and have collectively been hideous offensively in front of their CitiField audiences, averaging a full run less per game (3.36) at home than they have on the road (4.38), where the Mets have been consistently more competitive.
No wonder the Mets rank 14th out of 15 teams in the National League in home attendance—even with the transparently inflated daily attendance numbers Wilpon Inc. contemptuously serves up to its adoring public as unquestionable fact (Seriously, no matter how starkly vacant the ballpark looks on cold September weeknights, they’re still going to tell us there’s 20,000 people in the stadium).
For all the lousy home baseball, all the injuries, all the ragged infield play, and all the aging relief pitchers trying to forge a comeback that Mets fans have endured this year and for the last half a decade now, the very least they can do for the fans is give them the franchise’s best position player of all-time in the lineup for the last four games of the season. Wright still has an outside shot at 20 home runs, and he’s still one player Mets fans recognize will compete at all costs even in games as meaningless as these final four with a team as depressingly awful as the Brewers.
Please, Terry, Sandy, and that crack medical staff, please, just give the few fans who come out to Flushing this final weekend four days of David, and then get to work on giving them a team that might actually crack the 80-win barrier in 2014.