On WFAN: Steve Phillips Pays Tribute To David Wright's Career

Carlin, Maggie & Bart
September 25, 2018 - 3:03 pm
May 23, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during his fifth inning at-bat against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 7-1: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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By WFAN.com

Former Mets general manager Steve Phillips stopped into WFAN studios as a surprise guest on Tuesday's CMB show.

Phillips joined Carlin, Maggie and Bart to discuss the career of longtime Mets third baseman David Wright. The Mets activated Wright from the disabled list ahead of their series with the rival Atlanta Braves.

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Wright was drafted by Phillips in 2001. The former executive and MLB analyst shared his memories of Wright's youth and career.

"We drafted David and he was such a nice young man," Phillips said. "The most polite young guy. 'Yes sir, no sir, Mr. Phillips.' He was such a good kid and a good player. As he moved through the system, he was a leader everywhere he went. He was a guy, the way he played, he pulled people along with him and he was productive. When he first came up, I thought he would be to the Mets what Derek Jeter was at the time to the Yankees. Sort of the captain, the leader, the face and voice of the organization."

Wright is the Mets' all-time leader in hits (1,777), doubles (390), RBI (970), walks (761) and runs scored (949). His 242 home runs only trails Darryl Strawberry (252) for the team lead.

"I really do think that there's something about him coming back on Saturday that will leave that sort of memory that will encapsulate everything that happened before," Phillips said. "All of the effort, the hustle, the caring in good times and bad times, standing up and fighting for the organization. To be able to get back on the field and get some closure for himself, the organization and the fans -- I think it capture every part of his career."

As for Wright's future? Phillips sees Wright moving to another role within the Mets' organization following the end of his playing career.

"I'd be shocked if they don't offer him the potential of being a special assistant of some sort."

Listen to the entire interview below: