Watch: Donald Trump salutes ‘winner’ David Wright upon retirement
David Wright took the field for the last time on Sunday and among those who took time to salute the New York Mets superstar in light of his retirement was President Donald Trump.
In a video posted by ACES Inc. Baseball, Wright’s agents, Trump, of course a native New Yorker, mentioned how he became friends with Wright and how the two have golfed together.
The President Donald J. Trump (@POTUS) provided ACES with a special message to honor “The Captain”, David Wright. @MLB @MLBNetwork @Mets pic.twitter.com/sJzpQwZGYb
— ACES Inc. Baseball (@Baseball_ACES) October 1, 2018
“I’ve always been a big David Wright fan,” Trump said in part in the video, via NJ.com. “You are a spectacular man and a great baseball player, tremendous hitter, tremendous fielder, and a winner.”
Suffice to say, Trump’s praise of Wright stands in stark contrast in tone to what he typically has had to say about professional sports throughout his presidency.
On Saturday, New York mayor Bill De Blasio — who incidentally is a Boston Red Sox fan — proclaimed Sept. 29, 2018 as “David Wright Day” in the Big Apple.
In honor of #OurCaptain, I do hereby proclaim Saturday, September 29th, 2018 in the City of New York as David Wright Day. pic.twitter.com/qxD6RYQERR
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) September 29, 2018
Even the crosstown New York Yankees got in on the tributes with a full-page ad in the New York Post saluting Wright.
.@nypost with a ten page #DavidWright special section today #Yankees take out an ad congratulating him (@Matt_Troy) pic.twitter.com/JB9NbF8vkC
— Drew Stiling (@vikingdrewby) September 28, 2018
The 35-year-old Wright, who saw his career cut short by injuries, went 0-for-1 with a walk as the Mets posted a 1-o victory over the Miami Marlins in 13 innings at Citi Field. The veteran was pulled after two plate appearances, which was the plan going into his final game.
Following Sunday’s win, the Mets played a video tribute to Wright, after which he addressed the crowd in a two-minute speech.
“Man, I’m glad we won,” Wright said, via NorthJersey.com. “This is love, I can’t say anything else. This is love.
“… We’ve had some pretty good times here and some rough years but you guys have always had my back and that means the world to me,” Wright said later in his speech. “I wish I could thank everyone individually but all I can do is say thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Thank you for letting me live out my dream here every single night.”