Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wright's Legacy Is Growing

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wright's Legacy Is Growing

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NEW YORK -- The crowd at Citi Field on Friday was a fraction of the audience crammed into Yankee Stadium a night earlier and with good reason.

For the Mets, it was a meaningless, 4-2, loss against the Milwaukee Brewers. Not so in the Bronx on Thursday night when the Yankees and their fans paid tribute to Mariano Rivera with an emotional send-off that brought the game's greatest closer to tears.

Although this Citi Field night was lifeless, there might be one similar to Rivera's down the line for the Mets. And the likely candidate for such an occasion would be David Wright.

"I think when David Wright's days are done here, he'll be thought of in that light," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He'll hold every record there is in this organization. He'll have every offensive record there is.

"And I know one of the things you've heard and mentioned so many times [Thursday] was Mariano Rivera off the field, how he is in the clubhouse, how he is in real life.

"This guy is the same way. I mean, I have not been around Mariano, but I would certainly think from what I've heard that this guy is certainly held in the same light here. As I've told everybody in this organization, they should be very, very happy that David Wright's here. Because he's the face of the organization, and he never says no. I've been in organizations where the star says no a lot. And this guy doesn't do it here."

Wright has already spent 10 seasons in Queens and this season was the first of an eight-year, $138 million contract extension -- a deal that sets him up for a 17-year Mets career, two behind Rivera's Yankees tenure and two more than Andy Pettitte, who also received a warm farewell in the Bronx on Thursday. Wright was named a captain before this season and has done little to spoil that honor, battling his way back from a hamstring injury to return to the field Sept. 20 when there was nothing left to play for.

But Wright doesn't put himself in the class of those Yankees legends, not when they sport championship rings.

"I think that before you kind of earn that kind of respect and earn that type of legacy, first and foremost, you have to win or at least knock on the door of winning," he said. …

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