VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — David Wright gives back in so many ways to a community that did plenty for him. On Friday night, the former New York Mets third baseman held his 10th annual Casino Night that benefits Children's Hospital of the King's Daugthers. It was at the Virginia Beach Convention Center near the oceanfront.
Folks enjoyed roulette, blackjack as well as poker, and recently retired all-star shared what's the biggest thing he gets out of holding such an event. "Visiting the kids and seeing exactly where the money goes", he said. "While they're going through these tough treatments to be able to put a smile on their face for a split second."
Wright had been paying attention to the recent events surrounding major league baseball. The Houston Astros were involved in a sign-stealing scandal the year they won the World Series in 2017. Three managers and one general manager would be out of the job. Owner, Jim Crane fired GM, Jeff Luhnow and skipper, AJ Hinch. It would lead to two former Astros players now managers out of the job. Alex Cora would part ways with the Red Sox and Carlos Beltran never got the chance to take the field with the Mets stepping down on Thursday.
Wright played with both Cora and Beltran while with the Mets. "It's something that's unfortunate", he says. "I think good people that maybe made bad decisions and regret it."