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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

During another media session at the GM Meetings in Carlsbad, CA, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen touched on many of his current players, including 3B David Wright

Wright still holds a spot on the 40-man roster, but his role with the team next season is still up in the air. Van Wagenen said he has been talking with Wright "regularly," and hopes they can discuss what that new role might be down the road.

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) fields a ground ball against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) fields a ground ball against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets 3B David Wright tipped his cap to the Citi Field faithful and walked off the field back in September. However, for those who are contemplating their future in the game, windows of opportunity can arise elsewhere. 

One of the most popular is a job as an analyst for game broadcasts or national shows. ESPN was ready to bring in Wright as one of their postseason analysts, sending an invitation his way. But the 35-year-old declined their offer, according to The Post's Andrew Marchand.

Along with Wright, current Cubs manager Joe Maddon was also offered the same gig, but he respectively declined as well.

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While watching Mets fans shower David Wright with love and thunderous ovations this past Saturday night at Citi Field, Jacob deGrom wondered if something like that at Citi Field could be in store for him in the future. 

"It's rare that happens anymore that guys spend their whole career with one team, and it shows you how special it is," deGrom said Sunday, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "Definitely you think, 'What if this could be me?' however many years down the road."

DeGrom, who is under contract through the 2020 season, said multiple times this past season that he is open to a long-term contract extension with the Mets...

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The response to and emotions shown to David Wright Saturday after his likely final game with the Mets was a rare occurrence in sports, let alone for the Mets. 

Since they have Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Jacob deGrom and others, the Mets will not be without leadership next season just because Wright is gone. The fact is, despite his reputation always hovering above the team, any physical leadership he provided the past few years was done mostly from afar.

That said, despite three other players having the potential to be the next homegrown player that achieves great things, makes us proud and does it only ever wearing a Mets uniform, only one guy has the necessary tools needed to be like Wright...

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David Wright joins Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez to talk about his emotional final game and reflect on his career as a Met

Mets 3B David Wright joined the SNY broadcast booth after playing in Saturday's game against the Marlins.

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Sept. 29, 2018: David Wright looks to the sky after the National Anthem and before the final game of his career. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
Sept. 29, 2018: David Wright looks to the sky after the National Anthem and before the final game of his career. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

David Wright bounced up the steps in the moments after Saturday's game and with three simple words summed up the 17-year relationship between himself and his fans.

"This is love," he said, surrounded by about 44,000 friends, a lot of whom were holding back tears.

The night was supposed to be about us honoring Wright. It turned out to be just as much about our love and appreciation for him as it was about his love and appreciation for us and the countless people connected that helped him create a life he so cherishes.

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The only time I've cried about baseball as an adult was on a Saturday night earlier this month. A few days before, David Wright had sobbed through a news conference announcing that he was medically unable to play baseball. After a busy week, I finally had a few minutes to tell my wife about it.

She remembered me coming home from Shea Stadium in May of 2008, after my first assignment as an intern in the sports department at the New York Daily News. There were some tough old veterans on that Mets team, from Pedro Martinez to Carlos Delgado, and my stomach churned through the whole experience.

After the game, Adam Rubin, the beat writer for the News, introduced me to Wright. I was 27, Wright was 25, and he reminded me of a friend's amiable little brother. "Oh you're at the Daily News! Congratulations!" he said. He had an excitable manner that made him sound at times like he was chirping.

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) tips his cap to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

David Wright Night at Citi Field on Saturday night was incredible.

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Wright plays after long absence 00:01:29
David Wright returned to the lineup after a year and a half absence, a game that Mets would go on to win, 1-0 in 13 innings

David Wright started at third base in front of a sellout crowd and the Mets went on to win in walk-off fashion on Saturday night.

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Wright speaks to Mets faithful 00:02:38
David Wright thanks Mets fans for their support and love over the years

Mets captain David Wright took to the field after Saturday night's game to address the crowd that had flocked to a sold out Citi Field to support him. 

"This is love," Wright said. "I can't say anything else. This is love. ... You guys welcomed me with open arms as a 21-year-old kid."

"I love you guys. I love you," Wright continued, talking about the "pretty good times" and "rough years" they had together and adding that "the best I can do is just say thank you from the bottom of my heart for accepting me."

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the crowd after a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the Mets won on a walk-off hit on Saturday night, Mets 3B David Wright returned to the field and thanked the fans for their support over the years.

"I was thinking about what to say today and I think I'm all out of tears, so I think we're good to go with that," he said. "But this is love. I can't say anything else. This is love."

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The guys talk David Wright Day 00:01:44
Gary and Keith discuss the special moments of David Wright's return to Citi Field

In front of a sellout crowd, David Wright returned to the Mets lineup and received a lot of love from the Citi Field faithful before Austin Jackson delivered a walk-off double in the 13th inning to lead the Mets to a 1-0 win over the Marlins on Saturday night.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Ahead of his first start since May 27, 2016, Wright sat behind home plate and caught the ceremonial first pitch from his daughter, Olivia Shea Wright. Soon after, he emerged from the dugout to take the field, alone, to loud cheers from the packed crowd. The captain walked in his first plate appearance and fouled out down the first base line his second time up. He also fielded a ground ball at third and threw out the runner.

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Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the fans after being removed during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waves to the fans after being removed during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

David Wright left the Mets' game on Saturday night at Citi Field in the top of the fifth inning. 

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Wright finale 00:02:38
David Wright leaves the game to a standing ovation and hugs from his teammates

After taking his position at third base to begin the top of the fifth inning on Saturday night at Citi Field, Mets captain David Wright was taken out by manager Mickey Callaway. 

Once Callaway made the move, Wright began a slow walk from third base to near the pitchers mound, as tears welled up in his eyes. Wright waved to the crowd and made his way off the infield, before greeting his teammates who were all standing outside the dugout waiting to embrace him.

The sold out crowd at Citi Field roared throughout, until Wright left the field. He came back out for a brief curtain call before again leaving the field -- likely for the last time ever -- and entering the clubhouse...

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Special first pitch 00:00:41
David Wright's daughter Olivia throws out the first pitch with her dad playing catcher

David Wright's daughter, Olivia Shea, threw out the first pitch to her father before Saturday night's game at Citi Field.

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It's not always easy being a Mets fan, but David Wright was the fans' firewall and a legend.     

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Sep 28, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in the dugout in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 28, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in the dugout in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

David Wright will make his anticipated return to the lineup as the Mets continue their series with the Marlins at Citi Field on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Mets 3B David Wright will make his 1,571st career start at third base on Saturday night after pinch-hitting in Friday night's game ... Wright is starting for the first time since May 27, 2016 ... Jose Reyes and Wright will start together for the first time since Sept. 28, 2011 ... The pair will play their 878th career game together, which is the most by any pair in franchise history.

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David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

David Wright may not have played third base in the majors since 2016, but he was the person Mickey Callaway reached out to when he became Mets manager before the season.

"He's the first guy I called when I got the job, because he's the captain," Callaway said before Wright's emotional return to the infield Saturday afternoon against the Marlins, after having pinch-hit in an at-bat the night before.

"I think the nerves that we saw last night ... he looked like he was making his major-league debut," the skipper explained. "I think a lesser person would've gone out there nonchalantly. What really stood out to me was him on deck, getting ready."

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David Wright (5) \ Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mets captain David Wright returns to third base for the Mets on Saturday at Citi Field.

Here's a look back at some of his most memorable moments in the orange and blue...

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
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On top of all the other accolade for his send off, David Wright now has his own day as proclaimed by the mayor of New Yor City.

Bill de Blasio took to Twitter for his proclamation, making Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 "David Wright Day" in New York City.

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Wright/Reyes having fun 00:00:24
David Wright and Jose Reyes share a laugh and embrace during pre-game warmup in the outfield

This weekend will likely be the official end of the David Wright-Jose Reyes Era with the Mets in Queens.

We don't yet know what the future holds for Wright, who will start Saturday at Citi Field for the first time since early 2016. However, it's quite clear, based on multiple reports, that Reyes will not be retained, though he has said he would like to continue playing beyond this season.

In either case, fully understanding the significance of the moment, Mets manager Mickey Callaway recently said he plans to start Reyes at shortstop on Saturday, allowing the two long-time friends and teammates one more chance to play next to one another.

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Wright talks return 00:02:15
David Wright talks about his emotional return and the anticipation of his final game on Saturday

It has been awhile since Mets fans have seen David Wright don his helmet and batting gloves, which is why everyone at Citi Field was on their feet cheering when the captain walked out of the dugout to the on-deck circle. 

And though Wright never made it to the plate in the bottom of the fourth as he anxiously warmed up for his first at-bat in over two years, it was an experience he said he would never forget. 

"That first time on deck was something special," he said after the game. "I really felt butterflies I've never felt before. I think I was pretty close to throwing up on deck. I know I dropped my bat and I never just let the bat fly. I had to walk a couple steps and pick the bat back up...

 

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Wright pinch-hits for Mets 00:00:40
David Wright made his first Major League appearance since 2016, grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the 5th inning at Citi Field

Mets captain David Wright grounded out to third in his first at-bat in over two years. 

Wright led off the bottom of the fifth as a pinch hitter. It has been 855 days since his last plate appearance, which resulted in a home run back on May 27, 2016.

Wright, who will start at third base on Saturday, will have a couple at-bats during that game, return to his position at third base after his final at-bat, and then be removed, according to manager Mickey Callaway.

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David Wright sits down with SNY 00:01:44
Mets captain David Wright talks to SNY's Steve Gelbs about why he's playing again, see the full interview Saturday at 6:30 on Pre Game Live.

Mets captain David Wright has had a long journey back to the diamond, but it finally comes to fruition this weekend. In fact, manager Mickey Callaway said he will be the team's first pinch hitter when that time comes on Friday night. 

But, before he will finally step between the lines, Wright sat down with SNY's Steve Gelbs to talk about the ups and downs of his comeback. Here's a sneak peek at his interview that will air in full on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Pre Game Live...

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New York Mets' David Wright reacts before a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (AP)
New York Mets' David Wright reacts before a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (AP)

Mets 3B David Wright will be the first pinch-hitter off the bench Friday night at Citi Field against the Marlins, manager Mickey Callaway said.

Wright, who will start at third base on Saturday, will have a couple of at-bats during that game, return to his position at third base after his final at-bat, and then be removed, according to Callaway.

Wright will bat third on Saturday, in what will be his only start. He will not play Sunday...

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The Yankees took out a full-page ad in Friday's New York Post congratulating Mets 3B David Wright.

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The Yankees took out a full-page ad in Friday's New York Post congratulating Mets 3B David Wright.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | With David Wright's return as an active player upon us, the Mets' plan for his use this weekend is coming into focus.

As Mickey Callaway said on Thursday, there is a decent chance Wright will pinch-hit on Friday, which would be his first major league game action since May 27, 2016.

Here's our understanding of the rest of the plan:

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John Harper, for SNY.tv | Twitter | David Wright was 18 years old when Howard Johnson first coached him in the fall of 2001 during Instructional League workouts, and for the next decade no one in baseball had a closer relationship with the Mets' rising young third baseman than HoJo.

Year by year they advanced through the minors together, hitting coach and star pupil, and they spent many of Wright's best years in the majors together as well, forming a bond so tight that each compared it to a father-son relationship. 

Throw in HoJo's background as the most accomplished third baseman in Mets' history, pre-Wright, and if anyone was sure of what he was seeing in the kid from Virginia Beach, it was the retired old pro.

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Following his 2010 season, David Wright was clearly on track to be a Hall of Fame third baseman and he would have been a wearing a Mets hat if inducted.

Unfortunately, after two more outstanding seasons and two that disappointed, he was diagnosed at 32 years old with lumbar spinal stenosis, which has forced him to miss 89 percent of the team's last 643 games.

Had he never injured himself in early 2011 (when a stress fracture sparked his eventual spine condition) at the very least, there would have been a vigorous debate among fans and media about Wright's Hall of Fame candidacy...

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Mets fans pay tribute to Wright 00:01:32
Mets fans recall their greatest memories of David Wright, as they pay tribute to the Mets captain upon his return to the team this week.

Mets fans recall their greatest memories of David Wright, as they pay tribute to the Mets captain upon his return to the team this week.

Tune in to SNY on Saturday, Sept. 29 beginning at 10 a.m. for The Wright Stuff Presented by Citi, which will include classic games, a new episode of Amazin' Finishes featuring Wright, and more, all leading up to Mets Pre-Game on SNY at 6 p.m., followed by the Mets vs. Marlins at 7 p.m.

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Darling or Wright? 00:03:57
The Daily News Live crew discusses whether or not Ron Darling or David Wright could be candidates for roles in the Mets front office

The Mets will be hiring a new GM after the season, and two prominent names have thrown their hats into the ring. 

On Tuesday, Ron Darling told Bob Raissman of the Daily News that he would be interested in the GM job -- vaguely, before changing his stance a bit during Tuesday night's broadcast on SNY (more on that below). 

And David Wright -- who will start at third base Saturday for the first time in over two years -- told SNY's Andy Martino on Tuesday that he would "love" to work in a front office capacity with the Mets in 2019.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | TwitterHere's a piece of unsolicited advice for whoever ends up running baseball operations for the Mets: As your first move, make David Wright a significant voice in the front office. He's a bright baseball mind, beloved by the fans, and willing to serve.

On Tuesday evening, I asked Wright if he would like to be a part of the front office next year as a special assistant or advisor to a GM or president of baseball operations. He nodded.

"I'd love to stay involved," Wright said. "I love being around the game. I obviously love the organization. So I think I could provide value."

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New York Mets' David Wright hits a two-run home run during the first inning of Game 3 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Mets' David Wright hits a two-run home run during the first inning of Game 3 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

David Wright, who hasn't played in the majors since May 27, 2016, was activated from the 60-day DL on Tuesday and will start at third base on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Citi Field.

Here's a look at the 10 most memorable moments of Wright's Mets career...

No. 10) Major League debut, July 21, 2004

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David Wright Returns 00:03:32
Mets captain David Wright was officially activated on Tuesday, and he talked about his emotional return and playing again on Saturday.

David Wright hopes to pinch hit once or twice before starting for the Mets at third base on Saturday at Citi Field, and said being able to put the uniform on again after his long comeback process "means the world" to him.

"To say it's a good feeling is an understatement," Wright said Tuesday at Citi Field. "It's been a long time coming."

Wright joked that "probably contact is more of a goal right now as opposed to performance," but said numerous times that he wants to simply have fun and soak it all in. 

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New York Mets' David Wright waves to the crowd after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (David Goldman/AP)
New York Mets' David Wright waves to the crowd after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (David Goldman/AP)

David Wright will play his first game with the Mets in over two years this Saturday at Citi Field.

Wright is a Mets legend, as I explained here in a post last week.However, to most Mets fans, David is more than a bunch of stats. He was our rock. In good times he made us smile and feel a sense of pride only experienced from a great, passionate, homegrown player. And in bad times, he always stood out front, answering difficult questions, and convincing us to stay loyal.

In an unreleased interview from January of 2016, Wright talks about his call-up, first at-bat, loyalty of Mets fans, and much more...

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets player David Wright in dugout during game against Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets player David Wright in dugout during game against Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets have activated David Wright from the 60-day disabled list.

Wright, who will start at third base on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Citi Field in what will be his first major league action in over two years, could appear in games before then.  

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said last Friday that he could look to give Wright pinch-hitting appearances at Citi Field between Sept. 25 and Sept. 28.

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David Wright will start for the Mets one final time on Sept. 29, but he could appear in games before then too.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Friday that he could look to give Wright pinch-hitting appearances at Citi Field between Sept. 25 and Sept. 28.

Callaway added he would give Wright ample notice before any potential pinch-hitting assignment.

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St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

It took me three versions to publish this post because I just can't find the right words to describe how I feel about David Wright's comments In the moments after his press conference Thursday, charged by SNY with writing an "emotional reaction," I just shook my head, teary eyed, staring blank at the screen.

We all knew today was inevitable, having watched him struggle and miss the last two seasons with a major spinal condition. However, through it all, as long as he was still on the roster, working in St. Lucie, there existed a small, though unrealistic, hope that he might one day return. 

It turns out that's exactly what it will be, just one day...

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Click below to see how the New York papers reacted to the news that David Wright will play for the Mets on Sept. 29 -- likely for the last time ever...

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If you were five years old when David Wright debuted for the Mets, you're probably in college or working now. If you were in college on July 21, 2004, maybe you have kids and a mortgage. If you were 21 years old that day, as Wright was, you're nearly 36 now, with two daughters and a back, neck and shoulder that bark at you every morning.

Why was Wright crying at the podium on Thursday afternoon, while announcing plans to end his baseball career after one final appearance? Why were you probably a little weepy too, watching at home or following along online?

Standing in the back of the room as Wright spoke, feeling an unmistakable heaviness in the air, what struck me was the passage of time, the reminder of our own fragility, and unmistakable sense that no matter how much success we enjoy, or money we make, the only guarantee about anything is that it will eventually end...

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St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

The year I debuted MetsBlog.com was also David Wright's first year with the Mets. Earlier today, Wright announced that this will be his final season. Interestingly, I have a feeling this could be my last year writing MetsBlog.

As a result, I won't deny it, I cried when he started crying during his press conference today.

When I see Wright's No. 5, or see a highlight of him hitting, I'm not going to think of him as a player. He's been more than that the past 15 years, not just to me, but to his team, hundreds of teammates and thousands upon thousands of fans. He was an outstanding player, but he was a face for the franchise, he was a diplomat between fan and owner, he was charitable, he was a firewall between the media and his teammates. And, most importantly, he's been a friend and source of support to countless people in St. Lucie, Shea Stadium and Citi Field, 

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Wright has no regrets 00:00:39
New York Mets captain David Wright reflects on the road back to the team, as he fights back from injuries to try to play one more time.

Mets captain David Wright will be activated for the final homestand of the season, and will start at third base on Sept. 29. But he said Thursday he can't see any possibility his career continues beyond 2018.

With this almost certainly the end of the road for Wright, the baseball world reacted to the news...

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David Wright reveals future 00:05:24
New York Mets captain David Wright gets emotional about his past and his future, as the team says he will play one more time in 2018.

David Wright is returning to the Mets' active roster, though not in the way that he had hoped.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon opened Thursday's press conference at Citi Field by saying that although Wright's body has not responded the way it needed to, "out of respect for him personally, professionally, and for our fans, we want to give him this opportunity."

Wright, who Wilpon referred to as "one of the finest players and people to ever wear the uniform -- Mets uniform or any uniform," will be activated prior to the team's final homestand on Sept. 25, and will start at third base on Saturday, Sept. 29...

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

Mets captain David Wright, COO Jeff Wilpon, and assistant GM John Ricco will hold a press conference at Citi Field on Thursday at 1:45 p.m. to "discuss the plan and timeline concerning David Wright for the remainder of the season."

The press conference will air live on SNY. 

Wright played in a simulated game on Tuesday, saying after that his goal remained to return this season. 

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Mets will have an announcement regarding David Wright on Thursday, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who says details are still being hashed out. However, Martino adds those details have yet to be finalized internally. 

Wright played in a simulated game on Tuesday, saying after that his goal remained to return this season. 

"They certainly know where I stand," Wright said. "The goal coming into this week was two simulated games. ... We'll see where the conversation takes us and hopefully work something out." 

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Wright talks progress and future 00:00:49
Mets captain David Wright played another simulated game on Tuesday at Citi Field, and talked about the next steps in his comeback.

David Wright batted in a simulated game against Mets prospects Justin Dunn and David Peterson on Tuesday, saying after that his goal remains to return this season. 

"They certainly know where I stand," Wright said about the Mets. "The goal coming into this week was two simulated games. ... We'll see where the conversation takes us and hopefully work something out." 

Wright, who also played in a simulated game on Saturday, didn't play defense Tuesday because of muddy field conditions.

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Wright meets media 00:01:27
David Wright talks to the media after his simulated game at Citi Field on Saturday afternoon

Mets 3B David Wright said he "felt pretty good" after playing in a simulated game at Citi field on Saturday afternoon.

Wright played the field and saw live pitching for the first time since his rehab assignment. He hit a home run against Tim Peterson and also batted against Anthony Swarzak

"I came out on the other side of it OK," Wright said with a smile. "It's certainly good to see some pitching."

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Wright at Citi Field 00:00:49
David Wright continued his rehab stint with a simulated game at Citi Field on Saturday afternoon

Mets 3B David Wright played in a simulated game at Citi Field on Saturday as he continues to work his way back from missing more than two years of big league action. 

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New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

For as much as the Mets want third baseman David Wright to return from injuries that have kept him out since May 2016, they don't want him to come back on a ceremonial basis.

Instead, co-GM John Ricco said the organization wants him to be a regular contributor.

"Our focus has been to get David back as a full-time player," Ricco said prior to Friday's game against the Phillies.

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