||• New York Mets
||• Third Base
||• Born: 12/20/82
- David was a terrific
student at Hickory High School. At graduation, he was selected as class speaker.
- In high school,
David’s favorite pre-game meal was a turkey sub from Subway.
- When Chesapeake-born
Michael Cuddyer was drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Twins in 1997,
he instantly became one of David’s favorite players.
- David is a member
of a remarkable draft class. In the first round of 2001 alone, seven players—including
Mark Prior, Mark Teixeira and Joe Mauer—became major
league regulars. The Mets’ first pick that year was Notre
Dame’s Aaron Heilman.
- David was honored
by Baseball America as one of the Florida State League’s
Top 10 Prospects in 2003.
- David was leading
the Eastern League in hits, slugging and on-base percentage when he
was promoted to Norfolk in 2004.
- During his stay
at Norfolk, David played ping-pong with his teenage brothers before
home games. They played Texas Hold-Em after he got back from the ballpark.
- One of David’s
biggest thrills came at the 2004 Futures Game, when he started at third
next to his good friend, shortstop BJ Upton.
- David’s bare-handed catch against the San Diego Padres in 2005 was named Play of the Year by "This Week In Baseball."
- David and Jose Reyes shared Player of the Week honors in June of 2006. David was the NL Player of the Month that June. He was the first Met since Howard Johnson in 1991 to win the award.
- In 2007, David set a team record with a 26-game hitting streak. The streak actually began at the end of the 2006 campaign. It broke the old record of 24, held by Mike Piazza and Hubie Brooks.
- David hit his 100th career homer in 2008 against Jeff Suppan. Later in the year, he hit the first walk-off homer of his life, including Little League, high school and the minor leagues.
- David delivered a walk-off single against Puerto Rico for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
- David rapped his 1,000th career hit in 2010.
- David led NL third basemen in assists in 2005 and 2008. In 2009, he led the league in putouts.
- In 2011, David broke Mike Piazza’s team record for game-winning RBIs. David played shortstop during the season when Jose Reyes was injured.
- In 2012, David passed Darryl Strawberry as the team’s all-time RBI and walks leader. He also eclipsed Jose Reyes’s record for career runs scored and Ed Kranepool’s team record for hits.
- David was picked as the NL captain for the Home Run Derby at the 2013 All-Star Game. Robinson Cano was picked to lead the AL team.
- David was the third player in history to join the 30-30 club before turning 25. He and Howard Johnson are the only third basemen in the club.
- As he rose through
the Mets system, David was frequently compared to former phenom Gregg
Jefferies. Ironically, David’s agent used to represent Jefferies.
- David is the 129th
third baseman in Mets franchise history.
- David holds the team record for most 20-homer seasons.
- When David got
to the majors, he spent hours picking the brains of locker neighbor
Vance Wilson. A month later, Wilson was picking David’s brain
- David claims he
doesn’t remember touching the bases on his first major league
homer. He says it was like floating around the basepaths.
- David was the cover boy for the video game MLB 07: The Show.
- David was the first Met to homer at CitiField.
- David owns a boxer named Homer.
- David and longtime girlfriend Molly Beers got engaged in 2013.
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