David Wright: Mr. Met and Mr. New York during All-Star festivities

National League's David Wright grounds out to third

National League's David Wright grounds out to third against the American League in the second inning during the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field. (July 16, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

A couple of weeks ago, a Mets official expressed private concern about all the ways David Wright was being pulled by the organization to be its off-the-field face.

"I've never seen a guy do so much," the official said.

And that was before the All-Star Game came to Citi Field.

After spending the last two days being the Mets' ambassador for the Midsummer Classic, Wright will get to rest. At least until the second half of the season begins on Friday.

By all accounts, Wright fulfilled his duties as home-city host brilliantly. From captain of the Home Run Derby's National League team -- as well as a participant -- to starting third baseman in Tuesday night's game, Wright was front and center on the big stage in a big way.

"I'm glad that I could help promote this game," said Wright, who went 1-for-3 with a seventh-inning single. "I'm glad that I could help represent the New York Mets. I look at is as trying to be a good host. I think I'm trying to be a good ambassador for the game and then obviously trying to be an ambassador for the New York Mets. That's kind of the responsibility that I feel.

"It's been hectic at times. I wish some of it would slow down a little bit. But as far as the things that mean the most to me -- being around the guys, the ovation that I got [Monday] night was very memorable and I'm very appreciative -- those are the lasting memories that I'll take away from this."

Wright has said his favorite part of being an All-Star is the time he gets to spend with players from other teams. That didn't happen much this time.

"For me, it was doing different promotional stuff, so I haven't really gotten to, I guess, hang out too much," he said. "It's an honor to represent this city, it's an honor to represent this organization. I take a great deal of pride in putting on that uniform every day. It's nice to be able to sleep in your own bed, come to the ballpark, dress in your own locker and see a lot of the same smiling faces in the stands. That's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm trying to make the most of it."

Wright hit cleanup for the NL. He led off the second inning against Chris Sale of the White Sox by grounding out to third base.

In the fourth, with the NL trailing 1-0 and Andrew McCutchen on third with two outs, Wright again grounded to third against Seattle's Felix Hernandez.

In the seventh, Wright hit a one-out single to left against Kansas City's Greg Holland.

In Monday's Derby, Wright finished tied for sixth out of eight in the first round with five longballs. He was asked if fatigue was a factor. "I'd like to use that as an excuse," he said. "But there's a lot better home-run hitters than me."

Wright, who appeared in 90 of the Mets' first 91 games, has been playing for about three weeks with a sore left foot that was only revealed on Monday by Mets manager Terry Collins.

Wright, who downplayed the injury, did admit: "I could use a break, that's for sure."

Now, he's going to get one.


 

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