David Wright completed his last game as a New York Met earlier this evening.
It was an emotional affair for the Mets, and their fans, Wright’s baby daughter even threw out the first pitch.
It was touching, it was moving, a proper farewell for an all time great ballplayer.
But there is a problem.
The absurdity of the situation was snapped into focus a couple weeks ago when news publications started comparing David Wright to Derek Jeter, and treating his exit as such.
Beyond his considerable impact as a spokesperson for the Mets clubhouse, and an ambassador to the game of baseball, what did Wright accomplish as a player?
In the context of all pro baseball prospects, Wright’s career was a smashing success, but he wasn’t a normal prospect was he?
He was hyped as the Queens version of Derek Jeter, the ballplayer that was going to led the Metropolitans back to glory, and usher in a golden age of baseball in the city that never sleeps.
That’s not an understatement, check the tape, check the print, we all remember the word on the street, David Wright was seen a potential Mike Trout type of prospect, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, that is how Wright was presented, there is no other way to appraise that marketing campaign.
After a long career, filled with good not great moments, what did David Wright do in Queens exactly?
Did he win championships?
Did he win an MVP?
Was he ever considered the preeminent player in the game?
Was he ever considered a top 5 two way player in the game?
Maybe for a couple weeks.
Did he provide baseball history with anything that could be considered time capsule material?
He was solid baseball player, but never really separated himself from the mid level players in the game.
So what are we talking about here?
To compare him to Derek Jeter is blind Mets fandom, and a slap in the face to the captain.
That’s disrespectful, to the game, and to the true Mt Olympus athletes in MLB history. ‘
Wright was good for baseball, don’t get me wrong, but to memorialize him as a transcendent athlete is one of the biggest jokes in the history of sports.