David Wright may not have played third base in the majors since 2016, but he was the person Mickey Callaway reached out to when he became Mets manager before the season.
"He's the first guy I called when I got the job, because he's the captain," Callaway said before Wright's emotional return to the infield Saturday afternoon against the Marlins, after having pinch-hit in an at-bat the night before.
"I think the nerves that we saw last night ... he looked like he was making his major-league debut," the skipper explained. "I think a lesser person would've gone out there nonchalantly. What really stood out to me was him on deck, getting ready."
But so far on Saturday, Wright has been "kind of keeping to himself," according to Callaway.
"He was on pace to be a Hall-of-Famer. And he chose to do the right thing every single day. And that's what it takes to stay in one organization" - Mickey Callaway pic.twitter.com/m7AyWlfLat- SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 29, 2018
The 35-year-old has battled his way back from a slew of injuries that have only allowed him to play in 76 games since the start of the 2015 season entering Saturday's matchup. Callaway wants his players to understand that to get where Wright is, "it takes something special."
"He was on pace to be a Hall-of-Famer. And he chose to do the right thing every single day," he said. "And that's what it takes to stay in one organization"
Callaway added: "Everything about him is exactly what you want and what a championship team needs. Kudos to him for everything he's done in his career."