He was at the Mets’ spring training complex in Florida on Thursday, and you can say he enjoyed the experience.
He signed autographs, met with fans, gave interviews, and greeted people.
He was almost a celebrity.
Talking with Mets insider Anthony DiComo, Wright said just being around baseball brings happiness to his life.
“David Wright is at Mets camp today, soaking up ‘the optimism and the joy of spring training,'” DiComo tweeted, with a video of the interview.
David Wright is at Mets camp today, soaking up "the optimism and the joy of spring training." pic.twitter.com/sYW2nF9P97
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 2, 2023
The Mets’ former captain says that spring training was his favorite part of the year for team bonding.
Just being out there, joking around, sharing fun moments with teammates can improve team chemistry, and Wright knows it.
He spent more than a few spring trainings as an active player, and now he is helping the Mets in any way he can.
Wright is one of the Mets’ iconic players of the 2000s and 2010s.
He retired with an incredible .296 batting average, 242 home runs, and 970 RBI.
Injuries, however, prevented him from completing 140 games in seven of his last eight MLB seasons.
He was part of the Mets team that was at the doorstep of the World Series in 2006, being eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh game of the NL Championship Series; and did make the Fall Classic in 2015 when New York lost to the Kansas City Royals.
If injuries hadn’t gotten in the way, Wright would have a serious Hall of Fame case.
It wasn’t the case, though, but Mets fans still remember him fondly.NEXT: The Mets Have A Serious Edwin Diaz Concern This Month