AUTHOR: GREG POMES
Over the past few years David Wright has become the face of the New York Mets. David is the first guy the media goes to after a big win or bad loss. You hear New York Mets and David Wright comes to your mind first. The New York Mets is David Wright's team.
Over the years many have called him the captain, leader, etc... There have been roadblocks to David taking over the team such as the presence of veteran players like Carlos Delgado and Billy Wagner. Those guys are gone. Wright has been on this team for almost 6 years now. In that time the Mets have tried to make others the face of the franchise such as Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran who was not up for that distinction and Jose Reyes. Mets fans gravitated towards Wright and the rest is history.
Last year with all the injuries Jerry Manuel said that this team was David Wright's. Wright showed signs of leadership last year such as a game with Pelfrey was having trouble, he had a heated discussion with Big Pelf in the dugout. This year Wright has taken a bigger role on the field. He's no Keith Hernandez yelling at Gary Carter and Jesse Orosco. Don't know if anyone has noticed but Wright goes to the mound regularly when a pitcher is struggling or he notices something that the pitcher doesn't.
Last weekend Wright showed his leadership and why is unquestionably the leader of the Mets. Jose Reyes after a long throw to first base was winching in pain from his oblique injury. Jerry Manuel and the trainers did not notice this but Wright did right away. Wright didn't go over to Jose and ask if he was ok. Unlike Jerry Manuel Wright wasn't going to let Reyes decide on his health. Wright called the trainers and Jerry Manuel out of the dugout and Reyes was promptly taken out of the game.
That is real leadership. It's no secret that Wright and Jose are friends outside of the game. Both have mentioned they spend time in the off season together. Everyone also knows that Jose always wants to play, I'm sure Wright knows that almost better than everyone. Wright put his friend Jose's health first as well as the team's best interest. That is what a leader does.
Wright might not be the most fiery player in the game but he has stepped up and become a leader. Wright doesn't need Gary Cohen and the rest of the New York media to call him the captain on a regular basis like some other guy in the Bronx. Wright doesn't need to wear a "C" on his jersey to show that he's a leader. Wright's actions speak for themselves and they say that he's the leader of the New York Mets!