KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When the Mets won the National League pennant last week at Wrigley Field, David Wright quietly left the clubhouse celebration for a moment and grabbed a handful of longneck beers.
He asked a security guard at the door where the family area was. He then walked across the public concourse at Wrigley as sad Cubs fans were filing out. The fans were so surprised to see Wright in full uniform carrying bottles of beer across the concourse that they hardly reacted to his presence.
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Wright wanted to share the moment with the non-Mets people who mattered most to him. Then he went back into the clubhouse, guzzled Champagne from an oversized bottle offered by team COO Jeff Wilpon, and continued celebrating his first trip to the World Series.
No one seemed happier to make the series than Wright. He shared that thought on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," at an Islanders game at Barclays Center and in other interviews during the long layoff between the NLCS and World Series.
The first two games of the World Series have hardly gone according to plan for Wright or the Mets, however.
Wright made an error in the 14th inning of Game 1 that led to the winning run as the Royals won, 5-4. He went 2-for-7, but was caught stealing on a replay review in the ninth with Daniel Murphy at the plate and struck out with the potential go-ahead runs on base to end the 11th.
On Wednesday night, Wright went 0-for-4 as the Mets lost Game 2, 7-1, at Kauffman Stadium.
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"It'd be more fun if we won," Wright said. "But I think that the atmosphere, the environment, these are things that are going to stick with you for the rest of your life. Hopefully, there are some better times ahead, but these are some of the greatest memories I'm going to have on a baseball field. Again, we want to win."
"But just the intensity, the electricity in this stadium, I'm sure we're going to match in New York." On Friday, the Mets will host their first World Series game at Citi Field, and first at home since 2000, trailing the Royals two games to none.
Wright's first World Series game on Tuesday was one to remember through five hours and nine minutes of what he called "a roller-coaster ride, for sure."
Wednesday night's was much more forgettable. "This isn't the ideal position to be in," Wright said. "That's a given."
After he spoke, showered and dressed, Wright and many of his teammates walked out of Kauffman Stadium holding a green Tiffany & Co. World Series gift bag. Some took the large cardboard signs with their names on them from Monday's media day.
The Mets are guaranteed to return to Kansas City. For next year's season opener. In order to come back here this year, they have to win at least two of the next three games. Or they are going to be watching while the Royals celebrate at Citi Field just like Wright and the Mets celebrated at Wrigley.