Mini Mets: Brooks David Wright
I fully understand that David Wright himself is retired and therefore is not a “current” Met, much as it pains me to admit it. But since he and his wife had a son so recently, I thought that Brooks warranted inclusion in this article. Wright has two daughters, Olivia Shea and Madison, and his son Brooks was born on October 6, 2020. Brooks’ possible namesake was the Hall of Fame third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, Brooks Robinson, who manned the hot corner in Charm City from 1955 through 1977. Robinson, like Wright, wore number 5.
Brooks’ birth caused a lot of excitement on Mets Twitter, and even prompted a celebratory tweet from Anthony DiComo, Wright’s co-author on his memoir “The Captain.”
Brooks Robinson is considered by many to be the greatest third baseman in baseball history. Wright is far and away the best third baseman in Mets history, and also has a strong argument of being the best third baseman in New York baseball history. Therefore, little Brooks has some big cleats to fill.
Wright has mostly receded from Major League Baseball at this stage of his life. He has no apparent plans to manage or coach in the big leagues, and lives in California full-time with his family. This past fall, his contract as a special advisor to the team expired, and he currently does not work for the Mets in any capacity. This means that he should have plenty of time to coach young Brooks on all the “good fundies” of playing third base.
As mentioned in DiComo’s tweet above, Brooks would be first eligible for the MLB draft in 2039. Of course, he might not be interested in playing baseball at all, but I bet that if he wanted to, Brooks could barehand a little dribbler to third and sling it over to first base better than most kids his age.
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deGrom, McCann, and Wright are not the only dads to grace the Mets roster over the past couple of years. New Mets Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco are both parents, and reliever Dellin Betances is also a father. With any luck, the 2038 and 2039 draft classes will be fully stocked with Mets offspring ready to make an Amazin’ impact in the major leagues.