Retiring David Wright’s number 5 is a Mets necessity
For the younger generation of Mets fans, the retirement of number 5 is bound to happen very soon. Is 2023 too soon? Considering David Wright hasn’t played since 2018 now, enough time has passed for the organization to make it official.
Wright defined Mets baseball for more than a decade. He holds multiple franchise records and never suited up for any other organization. He also happens to have a superb reputation as a human being; a quality I should add is shared with Howard Johnson.
The Mets had previously been shy about retiring jersey numbers in the past. In 2020, Jerry Koosman was set to have his number retired only for it to get delayed a year due to the pandemic. This year, with Keith Hernandez getting his number hung, things seem to be different for this organization.
The Mets should remain cautious about not retiring too many numbers unnecessarily. For Wright, there is no argument. He is on the Mount Rushmore of Mets players.
Since his retirement, Wright has made some appearances at Mets camp but has remained relatively quiet in comparison to some other retirees. He’s going to get a day at some point. Let’s not wait much longer. Number 5 needs to hang out Citi Field as soon as possible.