It has truly been an honor. You were selected 38th overall in the 2001 MLB draft and since then your team and your fans were changed forever. August 9th, 2005 you would make both Mets and Padres fans jaws drop with a bare handed catch to rob Brian Giles single and making one announcer say that catch “may have been the best I’ve ever seen.” You never failed to amaze us. May 19, 2006 you and the Mets had taken over New York baseball, but you still had to dethrone the kings. In the first subway series game of the season you cemented yourself once more in Mets history taking a 9th inning Mariano Rivera cutter off the wall to beat the Yankees 7-6. Two months later, just 5 years after being drafted, you would start at third base for your first NL All Star team and went on to crush a solo shot. You had accomplished all of this and you were only 23. April 13, 2009 you opened up Citi Field with a bang, crushing the Mets first home run in the new stadium. 3 years later on September 25, 2012 you put yourself atop the Mets hitting mountain with an infield single to earn your 1419th hit, passing Ed Kranepool as the #1
Mets all time hits leader. On March 9th, 2013 you would become internationally known as Captain America for your heroic grand slam to help the US beat Italy and advance to the second round. In the Spring training of 2013 the Mets deservingly named you Captain of the New York Mets. You earned it. After 2 months of lagging injuries you return to face off against the Phillies and hit a rocket solo shot in your first swing since returning, igniting the Mets crowd and asserting your captainship once more. Finally, you made it to the Big Dance and on October 30 you made sure to make the most of it. With the Mets down 1-0 to the Royals in the World Series you made sure to set the tone with a first inning two run blast to give the Mets the lead and the game.
Captain you fought through injuries, left your blood, sweat, and tears on the field, and gave your life to the city of New York and to the best fans in baseball. We love you and it has been a truly honor. Welcome back, 5!
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