VIERA, Fla. -- A rare sight unfolded in the Tradition Field clubhouse early Thursday morning. David Wright, the longest-tenured Met, sat at his locker packing a bag for the team's 70-minute bus ride to Viera.
Veterans rarely take long road trips -- former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera famously went years without owning a road gray jersey -- and Wright is no exception. Not counting end-of-spring exhibitions in which the entire roster travels, Wright had not gone on an hour-plus road trip since 2011 -- though, to be fair, injuries and the World Baseball Classic cut into his opportunities in recent years.
Still, Wright joked about wedging himself onto a bus filled almost entirely with younger players.
"I'm really confused right now as to what I'm supposed to be doing," Wright quipped as he packed his bag.
Wright finished 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts. He is batting .154 this spring.