Wright keeps things simple during hitting streak
Wright extended his career-best streak to 23 games with a second-inning single in New York’s 6-2 loss to Washington on Saturday. The finale of three-game set against the Nationals was rained out Sunday, so Wright’s next chance to add to the streak is Monday against the Phillies.
“It’s fun to be a part of but it’s not nearly as important as a lot of other things in this game,” Wright said Sunday as he got ready for the short trip to Philadelphia.
Sunday’s rainout came as no surprise. A forecasted nor’easter pounded much of the East Coast, grounding flights and flooding low-lying areas. Sheets of rain descended on Shea Stadium right before the scheduled start of the game, and the flags that line the top of the stadium rippled in the wind.
No makeup date had been determined, but the Mets rescheduled their Jackie Robinson celebration for Friday night at Shea Stadium against Atlanta. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m., and manager Willie Randolph will wear Robinson’s No. 42.
Teams were slated to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Robinson’s debut at major league ballparks all across the country Sunday, but the storm wiped out games in five cities, including a doubleheader in Pittsburgh.
Robinson was the first black player to break the color barrier that dominated the major leagues for nearly 70 years.
“It’s kind of disappointing a little bit because we wanted to be on the field,” Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said. “This is a special day for baseball and for Jackie Robinson and Jackie Robinson’s family because he did a lot for this game.”
Wright said Robinson’s legacy is especially important to the Mets, who had the most foreign-born players in the majors on their opening-day roster with 15.
“Jackie’s always on the back of everybody’s mind in here,” he said. “We have a very diverse clubhouse and I think there’s not a day that goes by that people don’t think about what Jackie’s done for them.”
Wright went 2-for-4 in the loss to the Nationals and is hitting .333 so far this season. He is the first Mets player to get a hit in each of the team’s first 11 games and the first major league player since 1962 to end one season with a hitting streak of 10 games or more and begin the next year with another one, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
But the most exciting thing for Wright is the progress he’s making as a hitter.
“I think just slowly I’m starting to be able to make adjustments quicker,” said Wright, who is in his fourth major league season. “The great hitters in the game, you see these guys able to take a bad swing and step out of the box and almost see them clear their mind and make the adjustments.”
Wright and the Mets are scheduled to play two games in Philadelphia before traveling to Miami for two against the Marlins. The Nationals host the Braves for two beginning Monday before welcoming in the Phillies.
But with more rain in the forecast for Philadelphia and difficult conditions expected in Washington as well at the start of the week, it could be a long couple of days for both teams.
“This rain’s supposed to last for a few days,” said Mets starter John Maine, who was pushed back to Monday. “So who knows what’s going to happen.”