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Mets: David Wright loved his time in the World Baseball Classic

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Mar 11, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Fans react outside of Marlin Park before a game between the Dominican Republic and USA during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Fans react outside of Marlin Park before a game between the Dominican Republic and USA during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
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The year was 2013. The third World Baseball Classic was underway. The USA had lost its opening game in pool play to Mexico, so they faced a must-win situation against Italy.

With the bases loaded and the score tied at 2, Mets third baseman David Wright stepped up to the plate in the top of the fifth.

For Mets fans and Team USA fans alike, this moment was about as cool as it could get. Seeing our stud third baseman launch one to give the US the lead was incredible. This moment has naturally stuck out over the years, not only in the minds of fans, but also in the mind of the man that hit that bomb. After all, it was this Classic the one that earned him the nickname “Captain America.”

"“Getting a chance to represent your country, and put that jersey on, and hear the chants of ‘U-S-A, U-S-A’ — that’s one of the highlights of my career,” Wright said when asked about the World Baseball Classic this spring."

This sentiment is a pretty stark contrast from how the Mets ace Noah Syndergaard felt when asked about his decision to decline the invitation to play for Team USA.

"“Ain’t nobody made it to the Hall of Fame or the World Series playing in the WBC.”, Syndergaard famously said."

While Wright obviously doesn’t agree with this perspective, he acknowledges there’s no real right or wrong answer to participating in the World Baseball Classic.

"“Everybody has their right to their own opinion, and obviously Noah doesn’t think too highly of it,” Wright said. “But I do. So I’m not sure if it’s just a different mentality, and I’m not sure if there’s a right or a wrong.”"

Although it was only four years ago, it seems like an eternity when you look at how we all thought Wright’s career would shape up around that time, and how it actually has.

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It’s great to at least be able to look back at these great moments in his career, and hoping in the future we still get some. Maybe Noah will join in on the USA highlight reel for the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

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