Sunday, September 23, 2012
Wright on record chase: 'Bittersweet'
By Matt Ehalt
The final few home games at Citi have the potential to give the fans something to remember.
After going 1-for-4 with a home run on Sunday, third baseman David Wright stands just four hits away from breaking Ed Kranepool's franchise record of 1,418 hits. Meanwhile R.A. Dickey will try to become the team's first 20-game winner in 22 years when he faces Pittsburgh in the home finale Thursday.
To Wright, though, it's hard to get caught up in a personal milestone while the team struggles.
"I think R.A. would agree with me but it's tough to pat yourself on the back and enjoy these individual accolades when the team has struggled the way we have in the second half," Wright said on Sunday. "It's extremely bittersweet and difficult to enjoy, no question. Ultimately, you go out there for one reason and that's to win and we haven't able to do that in the second half. I'll be able to enjoy the personal accomplishments after I'm done playing, not while playing because I don't think that's the way that I'm programmed. It's tough to be satisfied with what you do individually when the team has struggled the way we have."
Wright currently has 1,415 hits after recording his 19th homer and notching his 84th RBI against the Marlins on Sunday. He's got 10 games left this season, four of which are at home, to become the new flag-bearer for the team.
"It's always fun to get hits whether you're closing in on some sort of milestone or not," Wright said. "You try to go up there and get hits every at-bat. Obviously it's special to me, but hits are fun, regardless of the situation."
Mets manager Terry Collins hopes to see Wright set the mark in Flushing.
"I hope David gets his hits here in the next few days so he breaks that record at home because I think he's such a big figure with our team and such a big figure in this city that it would be nice to have him break that record in front of our home fans," Collins said.