As our All Star Memories Series winds down we are catching up to the present in the New York Mets' All Star timeline. Today's entry in the series looks at the man who has tied (and will likely break) the franchise record for All Star appearances, third baseman David Wright. Wright has already been selected to seven All Star teams as a Met and he is only 30 years old. Given that Wright will remain with the Mets until 2020, the odds are extremely high that he will break that record, as well as almost every other offensive record in franchise history. Today we'll take a look at Wright's seven previous appearances in the Midsummer Classic.
2006: Wright made his first All Star appearance in 2006 and was voted a starter for the National League. Wright participated in the Home Run Derby at Pittsburgh's PNC Park and advanced all the way to the finals before falling to Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. Wright wasn't done homering yet though. In the bottom of the second inning, Wright homered off of Detroit's Kenny Rogers to tie the game at one. Wright went 1 for 3 in the contest, which was won by the American League 3-2. Wright had a strong 2006 season, hitting .311 with 26 home runs and 116 RBI's to help lead the Mets to a division title. Unfortunately for Wright and the Mets, they would fall to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games in the National League Championship Series.
2007: Wright was voted to his second consecutive All Star game as the starting third baseman in 2007. Wright batted fifth for the National League in the contest, which was held at San Francisco's AT&T Park. Wright went 1 for 3 in the contest, which saw the American League win 5-4. Wright had another strong season in 2007, batting .325 with 30 home runs and 107 RBI's. Wright also stole 34 bases to join the 30-30 club. Wright finished fourth in the MVP voting and won his first career Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, but the awards did little to ease the sting of a late season collapse for the Mets.
2008: Wright was selected to his third consecutive All Star Game in 2008. Wright was a reserve for the first time in his career as he lost the fan vote to Atlanta Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones. Wright entered the game, which was held at Yankee Stadium, in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter for Albert Pujols. Wright ended up going 1 for 3 with a walk in the contest, which went 15 innings but saw the American League win again 4-3. Wright continued his run of great seasons in 2008, hitting .302 with 33 home runs and 124 RBI's. Wright's efforts were not enough, however, to prevent a second straight September collapse.
2009: The New York Mets moved into their new home, Citi Field, in 2009 and David Wright had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career. Wright hit .307, but he only hit 10 home runs with 72 RBI's as he struggled to adjust to Citi Field's cavernous dimensions. Wright, however, was elected to his fourth consecutive All Star Game by the fans. Wright was the starter at third base for the National League in the contest, which was held at St. Louis' Busch Stadium. Wright went 1 for 2 with a run scored in the contest, which saw the American League win again by a score of 4-3.
2010: Wright was elected to the All Star Game for the fifth consecutive year in 2010. Wright was voted in as a starter by the fans for the game, which was held at Anaheim's Angel Stadium. Wright went 2 for 2 in the contest, and he was finally a victor as the National League won 3-1. The NL snapped a 15 year losing streak in the contest, but it meant little for the Mets who fell out of the race in the second half. Wright saw some of his power numbers return in 2010, when he clubbed 29 home runs and drove in 103. That power came at the expense of his batting average, which dipped to .283, marking the first time since his rookie year Wright failed to hit .300 in a season.
2012: After an awful 2011 season saw Wright miss the All Star Game for the first time in his career, Wright bounced back in a big way in 2012. Wright was voted to the game by his peers, but was controversially bypassed as a starter by San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval after Giants fans stuffed the ballot box. Wright went 0 for 2 in the contest in relief of Sandoval, but the National League extended its string of victories to three with an 8-0 rout of the American League. Wright had a solid season in 2012, hitting .306 with 21 home runs and 93 RBI's. Wright finished the season with an average above .300 for the first time in three years, but it didn't mean much as the Mets finished the season in fourth place once again.
2013: Fresh off a contract extension set to keep him in Queens for life, Wright entered the 2013 season with high goals. Wright wanted to be a big part of the year's All Star Festivities, which were set to be held at Citi Field. Wright was voted into the contest as a starter by the fans, and he also served as an unofficial ambassador for the Mets throughout the week's activities. Wright made appearances at the All Star Fan Fest, served as the National League's captain in the contest, and even participated as the NL captain in the Home Run Derby. Wright, who was participating in the Derby for the first time since 2006, failed to make it out of the first round.
At the game, Wright was asked to bat cleanup for the National League. NL Manager Bruce Bochy referred to Wright's reputation as "Captain America" from the World Baseball Classic as his reason for hitting cleanup. Wright recorded one of the National League's only three hits in the contest, going 1 for 3 in a game the AL would go on to win 3-0. Though the game would be remembered as Mariano Rivera's final All Star appearance, Wright will remember the thunderous ovations he received every time he stepped up to bat. Wright's 2013 campaign was cut short by a hamstring injury, but he still managed to hit .307 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI's on the year.
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