While the Mets were losing 11-0 to the worst team in baseball, one very familiar face was sitting the game out, on a managerial-imposed day off. The shutout was the worst at Shea since ’99. The next night, the same player came back and hit two home runs in his first two at-bats en route to an 8-2 victory over Seattle. Of course, I don’t need to mention any names….or I should hope not.
David Wright may not be having the best season of his career, but in the past two days, things have really turned around for him. After Jerry Manuel gave him rest on Tuesday, young David came back rejuvenated and he was ready to play baseball. On Wednesday, he led his team to victory thanks to two home runs in two innings. And today, Carlos Delgado was the hero with 9 RBI, but David still went 4-5 with 3 RBI, raising his batting average to .285.
Whether he likes it or not, David Wright is the leader and the face of this ballclub. With all the coaching and managerial changes going on, I think it’s time to pick up a needle and thread and put the "C" on David’s jersey. Despite the veterans we have in Moises Alou, Billy Wagner, Pedro Martinez, and Carlos Delgado, I (and probably every other Mets fan) think David is the captain of both the present and the future. Besides, the aforementioned veterans will probably be gone by next season, if they don’t leave the organization this season.
David Wright is one of the only player on the current roster who I see as a mainstay in the next 5, even 10, years (and its not because half the team is 35+ either!). Despite the veterans, David does stand out to the fans as both a consistent player and a team leader. So, what do you say Jerry? Are you going to make David captain or what? I’ll even sew on the "C"!