After missing seven weeks with a strained right hamstring David Wright was asked how he would handle facing big-league pitching for the first time since Aug. 2. The Mets captain shrugged and admitted he did not expect much in his first game back. He should have raised the bar. In his first at-bat on the second pitch he saw from Phillies lefty Cole Hamels Wright crushed a two-run home run over the right-field wall powering the Mets to a 6-4 win Friday night. “It’s one of those things I’m telling these guys Ricky Bones was better than he thought” Wright said of the Mets’ bullpen coach who had pitched batting practice to Wright leading to his return. “He got me ready pretty good. “It was fun to be back out there” Wright continued. “When you are hurt you feel like you are not really part of the team and camaraderie. It felt good to get out there and get those competitive juices flowing again. That was fun. You don’t really know how much you miss it until you are out for six or seven weeks.” It was Wright’s 17th home run of the season 18th at Citizens Bank Park and the 221st of his career passing Mike Piazza for second on the Mets’ all-time list. “To surpass him in a statistical category you know you are doing something right” Wright said of his former teammate. “To be mentioned in any kind of sentence with Mike is pretty special.” Wright’s homer capped a three-run first inning as the Mets (69-84) moved to within two games of the Phillies (71-82) for third place in the NL East.
Returning David Wright hits home run in first at-bat as Mets defeat Phillies
New York Daily News | Sep 21