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.
"The fan support -- it really was overwhelming. First coming out of the dugout and just hearing the fans and everything and it was something that certainly I'll always remember."
Manager Mickey Callaway saw the excitement as well as the nervousness from Wright in the on-deck circle as well.
"He looked like he was making his Major League debut," he said. "I think that he was excited and nervous so it was a really cool moment."
Wright led off the bottom of the fifth as a pinch hitter, and the crowd was even louder. On their feet, they watched as No. 5 swung hard at the first pitch he saw from Jose Urena and grounded out to third base. But, despite walking to the dugout after an out, the crowd's cheers didn't falter.
David Wright's first at-bat in two years results in a groundout pic.twitter.com/kiM5nySorH- SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 29, 2018
'For me, it was nice to get out there and kinda feel what it was gonna be like and then have at least a little something to build on for the next time that I was out there." Wright said.
The 35-year-old will have more chances to make the crowd go berserk on Saturday where he will play third and be in the starting lineup. Wright is expected to play third, see a couple at-bats, and be ceremoniously taken out by Callaway later in the game.