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.