Before yesterday’s loss to the Brewers, Terry Collins said he believes David Wright will be held in the same regard as Mariano Rivera is held by the Yankees when he retires.
“I think when David Wright’s days are done here, he’ll be thought of in that light,” Collins said. “He’ll hold every record there is in this organization. He’ll have every offensive record there is. And, I know one of the things you’ve heard and mentioned so many times [Thursday] was Mariano Rivera off the field, how he is in the clubhouse, how he is in real life. This guy is the same way. I mean, I have not been around Mariano, but I would certainly think from what I’ve heard that this guy is certainly held in the same light here. As I’ve told everybody in this organization, they should be very, very happy that David Wright’s here.’’
Collins did say the Mets need to evolve into a winning franchise for any player to be held with such a high status.
“There’s been a lot of great individual players that this city has seen and they’re not nearly as cherished or remembered as the ones that have won,” Collins explained.
Meanwhile, Wright doesn’t want to consider himself in that light just yet.
“It’s unfair to even kind of categorize yourself in that category with what [Rivera] has accomplished compared to what I have and we have,” Wright said. “ Jesus, I’m thinking about tomorrow, much less eight years from now. I hopefully have a lot of good years left before I think about shutting it down.’’
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