The New York Mets Need To Make David Wright Their Captain
Sorry David Wright, but your apprenticeship is over.
The New York Mets are in dire need of a leader and guess what? You're it!
There is no one else in the Mets organization with the ability to lead this club. And that goes for the ownership and the on-and-off field management—who are beginning to make even the New York State Senate look like a streamlined operation.
Face it, Mets fans; your team sucks right now. The Mets may have more All-Stars than any other NL team, but they also have one of the most dysfunctional organizations in sports, right up there the Oakland Raiders, the New York Knicks, the New York Islanders and the Charlestown Chiefs.
In lieu of actually producing a winning product, the team must divert attention away from the putrid day-to-day minutiae and put forth a positive facade.
That starts by naming David Wright the captain.
Some say he's not ready. Others think it will divide the clubhouse. My answer to those concerns is who cares? No one is ever ready to lead and secondly, who in that clubhouse is more suited for the job?
Wright will be attending his fourth All-Star game next week. What other Met, outside of Carlos Beltran, could possibly challenge that? Beltran is not even around to pose a challenge, anyway. His knees may keep him out of not just the ASG, but the rest of the season as well. Plus, he's not a "captain type."
Wright is to the Mets what Derek Jeter is to the Yankees. So why not make it official? He's a home-grown product who will likely play the bulk of his career as a Met. Sure, he's still young (Wright is 26—Jeter was 29 when the Yankees made him captain), but by making this his team, he''ll gain confidence and it will trickle down to the rest of the team.
Players will know that this is David's team and the uncertainty in the clubhouse would be erased. That would also take the pressure off the "interim" manager—Jerry Manuel, who is in way over his head with this team and this market.
Wright would become the face of the Mets. Put him front and center in an ad flanked by Johan Santana, K-Rod, Jose Reyes and Mr. Met.
As for the veterans who might get pissed off over this anointing, the only one I would be concerned with would be Santana, but pitchers are rarely captains to begin with. And who cares what Carlos Delgado has to say? He's gone after this year anyway.
The rest of the veterans can go scratch, something they do pretty well these days, by the way.
If I never hear the names Luis Castillo, Ryan Church, Gary Sheffield, Alex Cora, Brian Schneider and Fernando Tatis again I'm sure I'll be able to get through my days.
So, if Jerry Manuel does not have the intelligence to make this happen (he doesn't), then Omar Minaya or the Wilpons must.
Save your season Mets. Save your butts too. You have one bankable asset.
Use it wisely.
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