David Wright has now joined some elite company in the history of the New York Mets. Today, the Mets announced what everyone has speculated over the course of the past month and a half: Wright will become the Mets’ fourth captain.
The honor bestowed upon Wright will put him next to the Mets’ late great catcher Gary Carter, first baseman Keith Hernandez and closer John Franco and will solidify his importance as the face of the franchise. Unlike the first two, he will not wear a “C” on his jersey, though.
In the off-season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson signed Wright to an eight year, $138 million contract to keep their All-Star third baseman in the orange and blue pinstripes. Today, as Wright was given the captaincy, Alderson said, “this is a recognition of his leadership, not an enablement, if you will.”
Wright responded with his typical easy way when he stated:
“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far. To be viewed in this light, both by ownership, by Sandy and the front office, by the coaching staff, and probably most importantly by the players — It means a great deal to me, and is something that I am very appreciative of.”
Congratulations go out to Wright not only for this title, but for the sheer fact that his leadership has shown and he has earned the right to be called captain. For many years, Mets fans have had an up and down ride that has given them fits and bouts of indigestion and heartache when it comes their team.
We can see now the change in culture right before our eyes as Alderson is building this team the right way. The future does look bright, even if we can not yet see the forest from the trees at this very moment. But there will be a time very soon that this young team will be brought together for wonderful summer baseball, and there will not be a better player to lead the Mets than Wright.
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