It’s not often that a Yankee will have much praise for a Met and vice versa. Then again, it’s pretty rare to see a Yankee managing legend coaching a current Mets superstar.
That’s exactly what we are getting with this year’s World Baseball Classic with Joe Torre managing Mets third baseman David Wright for team USA. Wright’s presence in the American clubhouse has been felt on the field when he hit a game-winning grand slam against Italy and off the field where he has arguably had his biggest impact.
Wright is one of the veterans on a team filled with young talent such as Giancarlo Stanton and Jonathan Lucroy. Torre has been just one of many who have recognized Wright’s importance to Team USA:
‘He [Wright] is everything you hoped he would be,” Torre said according to the New York Daily News. “ He just looks like that guy that you’d like to talk to or hang out with or have him on your team, and just to see the maturity and the presence he has in the clubhouse, in the lineup, he’s a very responsible player. Not that he craves the spotlight, but he doesn’t shy away from it. But what a special individual he is character wise. Again, I know we have a lot of talented players in all sports, but when you can sit there and just admire somebody for more than just his ability, that’s saying something, and I’m pleased to say that about David.”
David Wright may be only “Captain America” unofficially but his play in the WBC should make him “Captain Met.” PHOTO COURTESY: ASSOCIATED PRESS
That is high praise from a guy who had the privilege of managing Derek Jeter for over a decade.
What Torre’s comments prove is that Wright is the unofficial “Captain America” for USA baseball. There will most likely never be an official captain of the American team, but if you have watched USA’s games so far in this tournament, the evidence for Wright playing the role of Steve Rogers is there.
Wright has started all three games at third base and has anchored the middle of the lineup. In the opening round, he was 5-11 with five RBI and his big hit being the grand slam against Italy on Saturday night. In the field, he has starred in the hot corner and Wright can be seen in the middle of every meeting at the pitcher’s mound.
The resume to be “Captain America” is there for Wright and his play for Team USA cannot be forgotten during the 2013 season. He may not have a “C” on his USA jersey, but many believe that he should have that on his Mets jersey.
For this year, it might take more than a superhero to bring the Mets back to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The Mets faithful will have to settle for Wright, who is the closest thing to greatness that this team has.
He might not actually be Steve Rogers, but Mets fans will certainly take David Wright as their superhero.
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