Peter O’Brien was booed loudly for catching a foul pop. That it happened to be the final at bat of beloved Mets player David Wright’s career was what set off the crowd at Citi Field.
You can’t blame Mets fans for having some fun. It was their night to celebrate one of the most legendary and popular of all Mets as Wright stepped off the baseball stage for the last time, and the Mets made it all the sweeter for them with a 1-0 win in 13 innings.
The Marlins were mere bystanders in all of it, background extras who applauded along with the sellout crowd of 43,928 when Wright was introduced for the final time.
Wright walked in his first at bat, fouled out to O’Brien, the Marlins’ first baseman in his second, took his position at third in the top of the fifth, and made a grand exit when Mets manager Mickey Callaway replaced him then and there.
Wright clobbered the Marlins over the years. He hit .326 with 26 home runs off Marlins pitching.
But Trevor Richards was not in a giving mood and surrendered the walk to Wright but nothing else. Wright’s final major league at bat was a foul out, the same as his first when he fouled out to Montreal Expos catcher Brian Schneider in 2004.
Schneider, who now serves as the Marlins’ catching coach, was in the dugout to see Wright’s final swing.
The crowd let O’Brien have it every time he stepped to the plate after that, as if he should have dropped the ball on purpose.
If anyone took the starch out of an emotional night for Mets fans, who came to see Wright one last time, it was Richards, who didn’t allow a run while striking out eight in 6 2/3 innings.
Richards finished with a strikeout rate of 9.26 whiffs per nine innings, the sixth-best single-season figure ever by a Marlins pitcher.
But the Marlins fared no better against Mets pitching.
It remained 0-0 until the 13th until Austin Jackson ended it with a one-out double off Javy Guerra.
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