In light of David Wright’s extension, the issue has come up about making Wright the official team captain. A title held only three times in team history, and one that, well, is a tad overrated, over blown and very much reeks of pulling what the guys in the Bronx do.
The guys in the Boogie Down do it, because George Steinbrenner really,really loved him some college football and brought that “spirit” onto his baseball team. Often as a position of derision and a sign for that player to wake up a little. This had no basis in truly “honoring” a locker room leader. Oh sure stories you hear and read about Thurman Munson, Graig Nettles, Don Mattingly, and Derek Jeter being “the guy” in terms of a team leader. But for the most part “Yankee Captain” is more of a PR gimmick than say a hockey or football team’s captain is.
Yes, other teams do have them, and those thusly anointed do have a “C” on their jersey, but considering how few teams publicize “captains” it probably would b