Ownership does right by tapping Wright captain
By Lisa R. Neilson
The recent official naming of David Wright as the New York Mets’ fourth captain in the franchise’s history came as no surprise. The real wonder lies in what took so long.
The two-time gold glove winner third baseman has been called the face of the franchise and the ‘defacto’ captain of the team since he practically signed with the organization. Wright has consistently served as the go-to-guy in the clubhouse for post-game questioning by the media, and holds a presence both on and off the field. Last May, when ownership and management called first baseman Ike Davis in to discuss his abominable offensive production and the possibility of demoting him to the Minors, Wright was the only other player included in the closed door session. Wright felt obligated to support his teammate regardless of the meeting’s outcome. It is just the type of player—and person—David Wright is. Mr. Wilpon, could there have been even the slightest thought not to extend his contract?
In this year’s World Baseball Classic, even former Yankees’ manager Joe Torre complimented the Mets superstar, touting Wright as a talented, responsible player and a person of great character. Wright was arguably the biggest offensive force in the Classic for the USA, anchored in the middle of the lineup before being forced to make an early exit due to a rib injury. His presence and production while he was on the roster had teammates, fans and media unofficially crowning him “Captain America.” Maybe this was the clue you needed, Mr. Wilpon?
I have always been a huge fan of Wright. I mean, why wouldn’t you be? Those big brown dreamy
bedroom (husband’s edit) eyes of his, the captivating smile, and the physique of a superhero are enough to . . . oops, sorry—excuse me, wrong blog! What were we saying?
Let’s be honest, Wright must have one of the most gracious attitudes in the league. And oh yeah—he’s a pretty darn good baseball player, too. Since making his Major League debut in 2004, Wright is a six-time All-Star and holds the Mets record for most career RBIs, doubles, total bases, runs scored and hits.
Naturally, not every good ballplayer who comes along should take the title of team captain. It’s an honor that needs to be earned. It’s a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s no wonder there are so few named in the sport (there are currently only three in MLB). Maybe Wilpon thought Wright wasn’t quite ready for it until now. As one of the veterans on the Mets 2013 roster, Wright brings experience and wisdom to his teammates in the clubhouse. As captain of the New York Mets, he exuberate greatness to all who watch him.
Finally, this is the year Wright’s been named captain.
Mr. Wilpon, looks like you got it. Wright.