Will David Wright be a Met when Citi Field hosts the All-Star Game next July.
But Wright plans on being at the Midsummer Classic to take advantage of the stadium’s smaller dimensions during the Home Run Derby.
“On behalf of the Home Run Derby participants next year, we really appreciate the Mets moving the fences in,” Wright said during the All-Star logo unveiling on Tuesday. “It would have been unprecedented to hit from second base.”
Wright, R.A Dickey and Johan Santana were on hand for the event before the Mets started a six-game homestand. Dwight Gooden, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris also were there.
The Mets have not hosted the All-Star Game since Shea Stadium’s first year in 1964.
“I think to showcase this ballpark next year is a big thing,” Wilpon said. “I think with the fences moved in now the Home Run Derby will be a lot of fun.”