David Wright will represent the New York Mets in the World Baseball Classic. The all-star third baseman, who will play for Team USA, is the only Met taking part in the tournament.
Johan Santana had wanted to pitch for Venezuela, but the Mets are taking a cautious approach with Santana’s tender shoulder and did not grant him permission to play.
Wright played in the 2009 classic and had a walk-off RBI against Puerto Rico.
“At the time I had so many teammates on the Puerto Rican team,” he told ESPN’s Adam Rubin. “The lasting memory that I have is running around first. Me and Delgado had been talking back and forth all game. Just seeing the look on his face. I could remember jawing at Delgado all game. Getting a chance to run by them knowing they were out was awesome.”
While no other Mets will play for Team USA this year, the tournament will provide an opportunity for Wright to suit up with former teammate R.A. Dickey. The Cy Young Award-winning pitcher was traded from the Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays during the off-season.