200 Miles From the Citi

May 17, 2012 8:08 PM

This Is So Much Fun


Is it the good things or the bad things that come in threes?

Because right now I'm living in a sports world where it's the good things.

The All Star Game at Citi Field next year.

The Rangers 3 wins from the Stanley Cup Finals.

And David Wright hitting .411 on May 17, capped by a game-winning RBI double.

I'll weigh in soon on those first two.

But today, it's all about the man leading the Majors in hitting.

Here's the best thing about what's happening with Wright right now.

Because it's so hard to maintain such a high average, I go into every Mets game thinking of all of these unrealistic scenarios in which Wright keeps his average from dipping too much.  Then he goes out and exceeds those scenarios, raising his average even higher.

On the rare occasions Wright has "slumped", I go into the next game thinking of how he can get his average back over .400 - and he does exactly that.  It's ridiculous.

And sometimes I focus so much on the .400 batting average that I completely lose sight of his on-base percentage, which is Barry Bonds-like right now.

Josh Hamilton has absolutely been tearing up the American League, and he's been getting a lot of press.  Part of the reason for that has been the fact that he's hit 18 home runs.  So he's deserved it.  But David Wright is making a case for some equal time...and Thursday afternoon's game showed why.

Already having reached base 4 times (a double and 3 walks), Wright worked a full count against Logan Ondrusek (who hadn't given up a run all year) in the bottom of the 8th.  There was a man on 1st and one out, and Wright blasted a double to center field, giving the Mets the lead.  (Don't get me started on the doubles - he's been on a tear lately and is up to 12 on the year.  After something like a 2-year hiatus, the team-record watch is back on.)

It was an amazing game for someone having an amazing season. (I've also decided that we're deep enough into May now to no longer refer to it as a 'start to a season'.)

The Mets are entertaining this year.  I'm still not sure they'll keep this up and make a run in October. And they're not ranking above the Rangers playoffs games for me as must-watch viewing right now - except for David Wright's at-bats.  You just don't want to miss an at-bat because you feel like he's always going to get a hit.  (Heck - he even proved this week that getting pinch-hit for before an at-bat is worth seeing.)

I hate to get my hopes up because history says it's near-impossible to keep up this pace all year long. Even writing this feels like I'm putting a huge jinx on Wright.  But I'll certainly enjoy it for as long as it lasts.

Because it sure is a lot of fun.

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