David Wright is in some rare company. One of his best memories is hitting against Mariano Rivera. Not many hitters can say that.

“I have the distinct honor to tell my kids and grandkids one day that I got a walk-off hit against him,’’ Wright recalled Thursday at Chase Field as Team USA prepared for Friday night’s opener against Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. “Obviously that’s one of the highlights for me and for as passionate New York fans are about the Subway Series to deliver a walk-off hit against the greatest closer in the game will definitely be a good story for my kids and grandkids one day.’’

That hit came in a 7-6 victory over the Yankees on May 19, 2006 at Shea Stadium. Those were heady days for Wright and the Mets, who won 97 games that season.

“It went over Johnny Damon’s head in center field,’’ Wright said of that clutch hit that drove home Paul Lo Duca.

As for Rivera’s pending announcement that he will retire after the season, Wright said he has mixed feelings bout it.

“On one hand it’s the end of something, obviously great and historic, but on the other hand it’s a relief because we play those guys every year and I know how tough of an at-bat it is against him,’’ he said.

That’s what makes that walk-off hit even more exciting. Wright is 2-for-7 lifetime against Rivera with two RBIs and one strikeout. Rivera commands respect from his peers because he gives respect.