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."
Before getting emotional, Wright caught himself.
"You're gonna make me cry again," he said. "I love you guys. Have a good night."
By the time he made his way down to speak to the media after manager Mickey Callaway, Wright was more detailed and reflective, talking about what the night meant and what his career has meant to him as his wife, daughters, and other family and friends surrounded him.
Wright thanked the organization -- specifically COO Jeff Wilpon -- for a night that was "probably undeserving" when it came to all the tributes and videos, and was "surreal."
"I've never really been one to love the spotlight," Wright said. "To be singled out, tonight was something that was -- a little for me at least -- uncomfortable. ... I can't tell you how much I loved the fans' reaction. ... it was truly amazing. It hit me right in the heart (when they first cheered)."
Wright, whose daughter, Olivia Shea was on his lap for a bit during the press conference, talked about how he was surprised that she pulled off the first pitch -- crediting his wife and in-laws with helping to get her ready. If they hadn't, Wright said, he would have ended up "chasing her around the outfield."
Wright was also asked what he would tell his daughters about Saturday night when they were old enough to understand.
"I think it's a good lesson of what I'd like to think is perseverance," he said.
While he reflected on his career and making it back, Wright kept on returning to the topic of the fans.
"I heard it was a sellout," he said. "You can't believe that people would go out of their way to do something like that. ... When you see the stadium packed like that, there's just no words to describe the feeling of walking out there and hearing your name chanted. ... All these fans thanking me. I should be thanking them."
After calling his time with the Mets an "honor of a lifetime," Wright was asked if Saturday night gave him closure.
"I can't sit and tell you that I'm good at where I'm at right now," he said. "That would be a lie and that would be false. You love something so much and you want to continue that. ... I think it was a wonderful night. It was something that I'll remember for the rest of my life. I'm at peace with the work and the time and the effort and dedication that I put into this. But I'm certainly not at peace with the end result."