“At the end of the day, will this change anything? Probably not. However, we’ve become so used to the Mets either getting rid of or bad mouthing their star players, so it’s refreshing to see Wright get everything he deserves. … Being a fan is so much fun during occasions such as these, because you almost feel as though you’ve earned the honor as well.” ~ Matt Musico, Rising Apple
“I am glad there isn’t going to be a “C” on the jersey, I hate, hate, hate, that look. It seems so out of place. Did I mention I hate it? Cool for Wright.” ~ MediaGoon, Mets Police
“What concerned me about this was whether Wright being officially named captain would discourage anybody else in the room from taking a natural leadership role if it comes organically. But I’m not going to stress on a small negative much like people shouldn’t make a huge deal out of some big positive they think will happen because of this. Because David Wright’s leadership isn’t going to get any better … it’s already at a high level.” ~ John, Metstradamus
“Why a sudden low-key announcement on a random afternoon? No pre-warning that the Mets would announce something on Thursday. Just an “oh yeah and David is the Captain.” I learned from West Wing that there is something called Take Out The Trash Day. Put out some bad news when nobody is looking and if you can distract with something else. … I think Terry picked yesterday to buy time. I don’t think the beat reporters are that easily distracted. The fans might be, but the beat guys won’t be. Plenty of
good seats available.” ~ Shannon, MetsPolice
Michael Baron, Contributor
Wright was already the Captain of these Mets, regardless of the press conference. That said, the official label can have a visual significance. The difference now is it’s clear this is Wright’s team, Wright’s clubhouse, and Wright’s era to officially lead by both voice and example. I don’t think this official designation will prevent other players from being heard. There are plenty of other voices in the clubhouse, all of which are capable of leading in their own way. But, it’s important that Wright sets standards for his clubhouse so his teammates all remain on the same page from start to finish.
I never thought being named Captain was a big deal. I’ve always felt it was more important to be viewed a leader by your teammates, which Wright clearly is. That said, I am happy for Wright. It is a well deserved honor. I’m also happy my son has chosen David to be his favorite player, since he exemplifies everything I like to see in a player on and off the field. Congratulations, David.