A year in David Wright

David WrightThe 2014 offseason is focused on Free Agents, Trades, Prospects and Speculation.  Will the Mets sign Shin-Soo Choo, trade for Carlos Gonzalez, deal Travis d’Arnaud or not.  We forget somehow that last year at this time the big story was David Wright.  Would Wright re-sign with the Mets? Would he become the captain and cornerstone this team so desperately needed?  Could he be the leader for the Mets the way a certain Derek Jeter had been for the Yankees.  The following is nearly a year in David Wright headlines that should answer these questions:

  • 10/7 – David Wright nominated for 2013 Hand Aaron Award
  • 9/26 – David Wright gets hit in head, leaves game
  • 9/20 – David Wright doesn’t care about third place, activated from DL
  • 9/16 – David Wright nominated for Roberto Clemente Award
  • 9/15 – David Wright objects to shutdown, if he’s healthy
  • 9/12 – David Wright ‘felt great,’ still plans to return in 2013
  • 8/29 – David Wright will not shut it down, heading to PSL
  • 8/16 – David Wright still in New York, receiving treatment
  • 8/10 – David Wright receiving treatment, return unclear in 2013
  • 8/2 – David Wright leaves game with right hamstring strain
  • 7/20 – David Wright is tired, Collins is monitoring his workload
  • 7/16 – David Wright says Carlos Beltran was ‘under appreciated’
  • 6/28 – David Wright held a players-only meeting
  • 6/24 – David Wright is batting .405 during his last 17 games
  • 6/19 – David Wright picks up his 1,500th career hit
  • 5/25 – David Wright has no regrets about re-signing with the Mets
  • 3/26 – David Wright plays in minor league game today
  • 3/22 – David Wright’s message to Met fans, after being named captain
  • 3/17 – David Wright back in Port St. Lucie
  • 3/13 – David Wright shines again in WBC
  • 3/2 – David Wright departs for WBC today
  • 2/5 – David Wright pitched Michael Bourn on joining the Mets
  • 1/12 – David Wright to report to                PSL early, which is routine for him
  • 11/30 – Mets and David Wright agree on contract extension

* Headlines Courtesy of Metsblog.com                                                                                   

The Mets paid Wright a lot of money to stay in Flushing.  That being said, the Mets likely got the bargain here.  Wright could have left Queens for more money and a better chance of winning.  He could have forced Alderson into trading him.  He didn’t.  He signed and has been 100% of the All-Around force that the Mets needed him to be.

He went to the World Baseball Classic and earned the moniker, “Captain America”.  He came back from significant injury THREE times in the season,   stood up for current, past and future members of his team, held his teammates accountable and he led by example.  Wright proved in 2013 that his has at least as many intangibles as Jeter does.  He also proved something else.

You cannot win with only intangibles.  Jeter had more than his un-quantifiable qualities backing him up through the recent Dynastic movement of the Yankees.  The Mets need to give Wright the help that Jeter had with Bernie Williams, Hideki Matsui, Roger Clemens etc… the time is now.  You have your captain, give him a crew.

10 comments for “A year in David Wright

  1. Metsense
    November 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

    That sums it up ! Nice article.

  2. Name
    November 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    It may be too early to call the contract a “success” as the true extension doesn’t kick in until this season. But it does still look like a bargain compared to some of the recent demands by players. (Ervin Santana 100 mil? Nolasco 80 mil? LOL)

  3. LGNYM
    November 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Too bad most of what happened between 7/20 and 9/26 stunk. Hopefully they will be more careful about injuries going forward.

  4. Joe Vasile
    November 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, David Wright is the best. We couldn’t ask for a better cornerstone player; he’s top 10 in on field production, and his leadership in the clubhouse only makes him even better to have around.

  5. November 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Wright was much better than I feared he might be in 2013 and I’m thrilled with his success.

    However, one thing I do wonder about – what exactly did he do to hold his teammates accountable?

    • November 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      6/28 – David Wright held a players-only meeting

      • November 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        What younger player turned things around after that meeting? Or is lip service the only thing that matters? Wright held that meeting on 6/15 — here’s how young guys did:

        Davis – in the minors
        Valdespin – had a .478 OPS from 6/15 to 6/30
        Lagares – .633 OPS from 6/15 to 6/30
        Tejada – DL
        Nieuwenhuis – .707 OPS

        • November 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

          I apologize that David Wright is not Gandalf the White. He does not have the ability to make ordinary men great with the power of his words. The act of having the team meeting and taking on the role the Mets expect him to is the key.

        • Jerry Grote
          November 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

          From a team perspective, Brian, I have them going 18-12 from game 64 to game 93.

          That’s the best they’d ever done for TC and it coincided of course with that huge series against Atlanta and NYY. It might be considered that the ten games following David’s talk actually was what saved Terry Collin’s job.

  6. Jerry Grote
    November 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    (meant to say Philly)

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