The New York Mets are bringing two legends together for one last ride.
So, the day after I lambasted the New York Mets for their handling of David Wright and his disabled list stint, the Mets did something reasonable, the right thing. No, I do not take responsibility for pushing the Wilpons for getting something classy done, but the timing is perfect. The Mets have given David Wright one last homestand to be applauded by the dedicated Willets Point fan base. He will get to be serenaded in front of his fans for the organization he is dedicated to. However, this makes that series against Miami even more interesting.
The New York Mets had a lot of kids come through the organization. Jose Reyes made his MLB debut for the Mets on June 10, 2003 at The Ballpark in Arlington as the starting shortstop in a 9-7 loss to the Texas Rangers. Reyes’ first major league hit was a double off Aaron Fultz. With Reyes and established player, the Mets brought up a kid from Norfolk named David Allen Wright to make his MLB debut on July 21, 2004 against the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium. From then to the end of 2011, Reyes and Wright were the face of the Mets. Reyes and Wright played in 2006 during the postseason run. Reyes departed for bigger money in 2012 to the Marlins while Wright stayed and got money from the Mets.
The New York Mets are not exactly the best class franchise. The franchise has spent half the 2018 season being mocked for dumb things. Most of it has to do with ownership. The Wilpons are basically the laughing joke of baseball ownership, especially since Jeffrey Loria left. However, they did get some things right. They brought Jose Reyes back after a real disaster of a season in 2016, most of it his own fault. Money was spent to help get the Mets to a World Series run in 2015. They gave Terry Collins an offense to work with. They gave the Mets fans a reason to be supportive, despite all the miscarriages. Then it all burned down in 2018.
The 2018 season has been a tale of two different ones for Jose Reyes and David Wright. Jose Reyes, after a strong second half in 2017, has been an utter disaster. For some reason, they never cut bait with Reyes. Most of that comes down to he is, Jose Reyes. David Wright has been dealing with a myriad of injuries that have kept him out of baseball since June 2016. His career has been quiet for so long; his Retrosheet profile treats him as retired already. The 2018 season, having fallen apart now, has a reason for a happy ending. No, the Mets will not make the postseason, but they have a chance to serenade their diehards one more time.
Jose Reyes’ return in 2016 came under bad circumstances. The police arrested Reyes in the 2015-16 offseason for domestic violence. While he never faced charges, he faced a 51 game suspension for violating the new domestic violence policy. The Colorado Rockies, who acquired him in 2015 from the Toronto Blue Jays, cut bait. The Mets, the only team who would likely sign him, brought him back. Despite everything that has happened, the fans in Willets Point will cheer for him. We all know he has an issue with beating his wife. However, the fans forgive for on-field production.
Love you #5 ❤️
— Jose Reyes (@lamelaza_7) September 13, 2018
The Mets will have David Wright and Jose Reyes at third base and shortstop on the evening of September 29. It will be the first time since Reyes returned that they will play together. Willets Point will get a firework show after the game, but there will be a tear show during the game as the Mets say goodbye to two legends of the Mets franchise, departing together.
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