David Wright and Jose Reyes are more than a decade removed from their earliest playing days on the Mets, but both of them still reflect back to the time when they were teammates on a squad that reached the NLCS in 2006 and narrowly missed the postseason in 2007 and 2008.
"It's hard to look back," Reyes said, according to NorthJersey.com. "But it's gone through my mind. Back in 2006, 2007, we had one of the best teams in the league and we were not able to do anything with it. It goes through our minds. But it's baseball. You can have an unbelievable team and that doesn't mean you're going to win it all. We had our opportunity and we let it go away."
Reyes made his major league debut in 2003, and Wright followed behind him in 2004. Both infielders played pivotal roles in helping the Mets reach the postseason in 2006 and they remained key components in the years that followed until Reyes departed via free agency.
"You don't want to get too corny or anything like that, " Wright said. "But I have a lot of time on my hands these days. All these other guys are running around like crazy and sometimes you sit in your locker, I look around - you see (Reyes) sitting over and you're like, 'Man, it's a weird game.' It seemed like just yesterday it was going to be like, I don't know about multiple world series, but we knew that we were going to compete every year. We knew that we were going to be a playoff team. It didn't happen that way."
Wright, who has been plagued by injuries in recent years, has indicated that he is not sure what his future holds. But he still yearns to play again for the Mets, and he hopes he can share the field with Reyes once again.
"It would be really, really cool to be a part of something, the beginning of both of our careers and then kind of tie up those loose ends at the end of our careers, to get us both out there and playing significant roles in another run. That would certainly be a nice storybook ending."
Reyes agrees, noting that he believes the team has potential as long as injuries do not become a burden down the stretch.
"Yeah, this can be the year," he said. "One thing we need to make sure is everybody come out healthy from spring training. I know if our pitching stays healthy and (Yoenis) Cespedes stays healthy we're going to be a very good team."
Wright has the most hits, runs, extra-base hits, doubles, and total bases in Mets history, while Reyes leads the Mets' all-time lists in triples and stolen bases. In 145 games for the Mets last season, Reyes hit .246 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs. Wright has not played since 2016, when he was limited to 37 games before his injuries derailed his season in May.