The legacy of David Wright is one that will forever be one of the greatest Mets to ever play, but what would his legacy be had he not gotten injured?
David Wright was an all-time great New York Mets player. He was arguably the best offensive player the Mets ever had but what would his career have looked like had he not dove to tag out Carlos Lee at third base on that career-defining night in April of 2011.
Coming off a 2010 season in which he had made his fifth consecutive all-star game, David Wright looked to continue his dominance in 2011 but the baseball Gods had other ideas.
The Mets started 2011 in a rough way starting 5-12. They were about to start a six-game homestand starting with the Houston Astros and try to get back on a winning track.
It was the top of the third and the Astros were up 1-0 with Carlos Lee on first base. Chris Johnson hit a grounder to second where Justin Turner tried to double up Carlos Lee but threw the ball wide to the edge of the outfield grass behind third base.
David Wright being the great player he was scooped up the ball and tried to tag out Carlos Lee who was trying to advance to third.
Wright wasn’t going to make it there in time, so he dove toward the bag and tagged out Carlos Lee. Wright injured himself on that dive but remained in the rest of the game.
After the game, Wright said that the pain was in his hamstring but refused an MRI when the team asked him to get one. He said that the pain was manageable and wanted to play through it.
If Mets fans could go back in time all of them would go back to April 19, 2011, and plead with Wright to get the MRI because it was that dive toward Carlos Lee that would ultimately end his career as we knew it.
What if in a parallel universe that could be true, what would the team look like today with a healthy David Wright that never got spinal stenosis?