CINCINNATI — Thousands of Mets fans chanted David Wright's name as he wrapped up an on-field interview. He paused to wave and soak in the moment.
The team captain wasn't sure he'd ever do this again, not with that last playoff appearance nine years ago. Finally, the wait was over.
As Wright's alcohol-soaked shirt proclaimed: "The East Is Ours."
The Mets are in the playoffs for the first time since 2006 after clinching their sixth NL East title Saturday with a 10-2 win over the Reds. Lucas Duda hit a grand slam in the first inning, and Wright added a three-run homer in the ninth.
"You just can't help but smile," said Wright, who was part of the 2006 team that reached the NL Championship Series. "For the last few months, I've tried to enjoy this as much as possible, soak this in. This is a surreal feeling."
Matt Harvey pitched effectively for 62/3 innings, and Duda hit his first grand slam.