David Wright knows all too well the anxiety that comes with being a police officer's son. The New York Mets third baseman is the son of a former Virginia policeman, and the tragic killing of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn last Saturday hit closer to home than most.
Officer Rafael Ramos left behind sons Justin, 19, and Jaden, 13, when he was killed along with Officer Wenjian Liu while they sat in their marked police car in Brooklyn.
On Wednesday, Wright got in touch with both young men to offer support and invite them to hang out with the Mets next year. Via the Daily News:
The Mets star's compassion extended beyond the 15-minute call - he also offered Ramos' sons an opportunity to suit up with the Mets during spring training next spring.
The boys will even get the chance to join Wright and the other Mets players in the dugout for Grapefruit League games in Florida.
“He spoke to them for about 15-20 minutes, and I was told they were really excited to hear from him,” a source said of Wright's private phone call. “He said it was one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do, but he hoped it put a smile on their faces for a few minutes.”
Wright is frequently involved in charity events with both the NYPD and FDNY.
“With his background, he wanted to make sure it wasn’t seen as a trivial gesture,” the source said. “But they are Mets fans and really appreciated it.”
Ramos' sons, both of whom are still in school, will have their educations paid for by a foundation started by late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.