Last night, the 21 year-old 3rd base prospect of the Mets took the field in the big leagues for the first time. David Wright, from Norfolk, Virginia, is seen by Mets management and Mets fans as the future at 3rd base. The Mets called him up for a defensive upgrade over Ty Wigginton and hopefully to add a spark to the team, much like Jose Reyes did last year at shortstop. Entering last night's game against the lowly, lowly Expos, the Mets were below .500 again and dropped 6 of 8. Lucky for the Mets, the Nick Johnson of the Expos dropped the game in the 8th inning.
After four innings, the Mets had a 4-0 run, and when Jae Seo exited the game in the top of the 7th inning, the Mets were ahead 4-1. Immediately after entering the game in relief, Mike Stanton gave up a 3 run homer to the light hitting Endy Chavez. Lucky for the Mets, the Expos played to their record of 33-61 and lost the game in the 8th inning. Wigginton walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Todd Ziele then hit a grounder to Tony Batista, who threw the ball to Nick Johnson. Johnson flat out dropped the ball, allowing Wigginton to score and the Mets eventually won, 5-4 (box score).
David Wright was 0-4 for the game, but was pleased with his performance, "Everything played out like it did in my dreams. Now I'll go back to my hotel room and soak it in, replay each at-bat and each ground ball." Wright popped up in his first at bat and then failed to execute a sacrifice bunt in the 7th inning. He had four chances in the field, including a play in the 1st and the 4th. In the first inning, he snagged a ball to his left, turn and threw a strike to first and in the 4th, he charged a bunt and threw across his body for the out. All in all, a good start for Wright at 3rd base.
Surely, Mets fans hope Wright doesn't turn out like Yankee 3rd base prospect Drew Henson did.