During last night’s 6-4 win over the Phillies, David Wright went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored.
It was his first game since straining his right hamstring at the beginning of August, and he homered against Cole Hamels in his first at-bat.
“It was just fun to be back out there,” Wright explained after the win. “You feel like when you’re hurt, you’re not really part of the team and not part of that camaraderie. To get out there and to get those competitive juices flowing again, that was fun. You don’t really know how much you miss it until you’re out for the six or seven weeks.”
Both Wright and Terry Collins were curious as to how Wright might feel tonight, but neither expressed any concern.
“I’m sure I’ll be a little sore tomorrow, but I should be fine,” Wright said. “I just need to get back in the flow of the game. It feels a little herky-jerky right now instead of just smooth. That will just come with getting a little more playing time. All in all, it was a positive day.”
Wright’s home run in the first inning was his 17th of the year and the fifth he’s hit off of Cole Hamels in his career. In addition, it was his 221st home run in his career which surpassed Mike Piazza for second in team history.
“To surpass [Piazza] in a statistical category, you know you’re doing something right,” Wright explained. “To be mentioned in any kind of sentence with Mike is pretty special, because obviously he’s a Hall of Fame hitter, Hall of Fame catcher and one of the best to ever play the game.”
Wright now has a .909 OPS this season, which would be 11th best in baseball if he qualified.
To see Wright’s home run last night, click here.