/On Baseball: Redemption for Captain Wright and His Crew

On Baseball: Redemption for Captain Wright and His Crew

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David Wright hit a two-run homer in the first inning. He finished with four R.B.I.

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Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Mets were the reigning National League champions when they drafted David Wright. He was 18 years old, and he soon became the foundation of a franchise that was in for a wild ride.

Wright starred for a playoff team at age 23. He staggered through September collapses. He shifted with the rest of the Mets to Citi Field, a park at first ill-suited for his swing. He stayed as the Mets weathered the scrambling of their finances and six losing seasons in a row.

The payoff for all of it came Friday, with a chance to dig into the batter’s box on a wind-whipped October night, surrounded by 44,781 believers in blue and orange. With his team trailing the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, and already down by a run in Game 3, Wright lined a two-run homer over the left-field fence.

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