According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets ownership is aware of David Wright’s “Captain America” nickname in the World Baseball Classic.
“It’s nice that they’re calling him Captain America, and he’s living up to it,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said, according to Rubin.
As for whether or not the Mets will name Wright the official captain of the Mets, Wilpon said he cannot discuss that yet.
Collins started polling players earlier this month on whether Wright should be officially named the team’s captain, the manager told Rubin. However, Collins said a decision will not be made before Wright left for the WBC.
Michael Baron, Contributor
It seems silly, but I almost want a decision made on this so the debate and discussion finally ends. Based on Wilpon’s use of language, it sure sounds like the decision has been made, and it’s just a matter of time before its officially done.
The thing is, Wright is already this team’s captain, this team’s leader, and the shining example of what to do and what not to do. He carries himself both on the field and in the clubhouse as this team’s leader, he is a symbolic role model for the younger players, and he demonstrates his leadership through actions both on and off the field.
I think an official captaincy is an important visual and title for fans, especially in a transitional era where Wright is expected to lead this franchise to brighter times. But it probably doesn’t change his status among his teammates if they name him the official captain and slap a “C” on his jersey, or if his title simply remains understood.