NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — David Wright’s father, Rhon, retired in January after 32 years as a police offer.
So the Mets’ third baseman respects everything that cops do to protect and serve communities.
That’s a big part of the reason why Wright is honoring NYPD heroes every month this season at Citi Field.
“My dad is my hero,” the seven-time All-Star said, according to the New York Daily News. “He raised four kids on a cop’s salary but never told us the details of his job, about crashing down doors of drug houses and arresting bad guys with guns. If he had, I probably would have had a lot of sleepless nights.”
In April, Wright honored officers James Li and Randy Chow. The men had been shot at on a Brooklyn bus two months earlier.
“I thought of my dad as I thanked these guys,” Wright said, according to the newspaper. “He risked his life as a cop to raise me and my brothers. It’s my way of saying thanks to these heroic NYPD cops and my dad at the same time.”
The face of the franchise also honored Leslyn Stewart, whose husband — a detective — was killed in the line of duty in 2005.
“David honoring NYPD cops in Citi Field tells me that despite all his success, he’s still the same good kid we raised,” Rhon Wright said, according to the Daily News.
“The Wright Thing,” the name of the initiative that honors New York officers, launched last year following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
“Last year, it was a no-brainer to honor the heroes of Hurricane Sandy through ‘The Wright Thing,'” he said, according to the newspaper. “This year, when my dad retired, the idea of honoring police officers in his honor seemed like a good idea.”
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