David Wright was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1982. Discovering his love of baseball early on, Wright had an extremely successful high school career. He attended the Gatorade Virginia High School, graduating in 2001, and while there won multiple awards. His commendations included: All-State honors for three out of his four years there, All-State Player of the Year 2001, and Gatorade Virginia High School Player of the Year in 2001. He had made plans to enroll in Georgia Tech and study engineering, but his excellent record had him earning a position in the minor leagues instead. Clearly a superb young athlete, his statistics in high school had him hitting a .438 with 90 RBIs, and 13 home runs.
In 2001, the Mets recruiters saw potential in the young player from Virginia. They encouraged him to sign up for the 2001 MLB amateur draft, which David did. He was even more successful in his minor league career than he had been in high school. Wright took the time to hone his skills and received the Sterling award for best player. He stayed in the minors for three years, graduating to the majors in 2004. David Wright knows that striving to excel is extremely important for an athlete, “I’m always looking to improve. And every year I want to do better than the year before.”
“I’m always looking to improve. And every year I want to do better than the year before.” – David Wright
Joining the majors and becoming a member of the New York Mets, meant that Wright was lucky enough to fulfill two of his childhood dreams. He was given the position of third baseman for the 2004 season and his success as a player earned him the title of Rookie of the Year for the This Year in Baseball Awards. In 2005, his first full year with the Mets, he had unbridled success leading the team in runs, on-base percentage, average, slugging percentage, doubles, RBI, and finished second in home runs. Many of his records earned him a place in the top ten in the National League records. Not all of his statistics were great that year; he had the dubious honor of having the most errors by a third basemen in the major leagues. David Wright, a player who is always quick with a motivational quote said, “I take positives out of negatives all the time.” It is important to learn that as players, people are not always going to win, but learning from what went wrong and striving not to repeat that mistake will let you make the best of a bad situation.
“I take positives out of negatives all the time.” – David Wright
The New York Mets have never had the success that David wishes for them. In fact, they have not had a winning season since 2008. Wright has had other teams recruit him, but showing that he has true loyalty to his team, he refuses to leave. “I just want to taste what it’s like to win in New York” he says, showing his fans that what is important to him, as much as the game is the city and the people. It is that kind of devotion to his town that has his fans reciprocating the admiration.
“I just want to taste what it’s like to win in New York” – David Wright
David Wright is seen as consummate professional and a humanitarian. Both on and off season, his is a supporter of the NYPD and the NYFD. He also runs the David Wright Foundation which provides aid and assistance for children who need emotional and educational support. One of Wright’s inspirational baseball quotes shows his outlook on life and could serve to inspire others, “Whether you have a great game or a terrible game, tomorrow’s another day and you’ve got to come out here and compete.” David Wright shows you that no matter how bad of a day you have had, the next day is a new day and you just have to keep trying
“Whether you have a great game or a terrible game, tomorrow’s another day and you’ve got to come out here and compete.” – David Wright