Friday, May 18, 2012
The Many Names of David Wright
Those names, whether just or unjust, are all part of being the face of the Mets. While Wright cut his teeth in the league surrounded by the likes of Beltran, Delgado, Reyes, Pedro, Glavine and Wagner, he was always the center of the Mets attention. It could have been the hype surrounding him as a minor leaguer who grew up watching the Mets. It could be that he's the perfect marketing figure the Mets have lacked for so long.
Whatever it is, the 2012 version of David Wright deserves a new name. He can be called Mr. Wright, All Star, Slugger, Mr. Clutch, The New Franchise, Roy Hobbs Jr., MVP, the Slender Slugger, Baby Face Assassin, Prince of NY, Hitman, Batman, or Fantasy Phenom.
Any of those titles will do, but the one that speaks the loudest to me is "leader." The media and Mets fans alike have been focused on how can Wright be a leader in the clubhouse. Can he step into that role? Is he the type of guy that can gain the respect of his players?
Any athlete can tell you that leadership has less to do with the verbal and more to do with the performance on the field. To that point, Wright is a four star general out there this season. With his bat. With his glove. With the way he goes about business.
He doesn't need a "C" on his jersey to show that he's the captain.