When the Mets arrived in Philadelphia shortly after 12:30am on Monday, there was a special surprise waiting for them at the team hotel. The Amazin’s made their way through the hotel lobby and up the elevator to their designated floor where they were greeted by David Wright donning a full uniform and offering cookies to his teammates.
The Mets captain had missed over four months of the season after sustaining a hamstring strain back in April and was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis, yet it became pretty evident that he had not lost his sense of humor.
Wright’s friendly gesture served to announce to his teammates that he was back and ready for action. Few people would have guessed that Wright’s return to the diamond would precipitate an offensive explosion that could surpass the club’s pair of 14-9 wins at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies over the weekend, but that’s exactly what transpired in the City of Brotherly Love. In his first plate appearance in 133 days, Wright launched a 435-foot homer into the upper deck at Citizens Bank Park and brought the Mets dugout to its feet.
Despite Wright’s triumphant return and early blast, the Mets trailed the Phillies 7-2 as starter Jacob deGrom struggled mightily with his command; exiting after just 2 2/3 innings.
New York’s bats came to life starting in the third inning as six other Mets followed Wright's lead and went deep including: Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores (2), Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Cuddyer, Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes. New York powered eight home runs in total; setting a new franchise mark and eclipsing the previous record of seven they set back on Aug. 24, 2005 at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies and Mets combined to launch 11 homers, which tied a NL record and finished just one shy of the MLB record of 12.
Wright’s infusion back into the Mets lineup couldn’t come at a better time as the Amazin’s are looking to build on their 5 ½ game lead over the Washington Nationals.
Monday night’s Home Run Derby in Philadelphia was a sight to behold, and marked a memorable and glorious return for the face of the Mets franchise.