After months (years?) of speculation, David Wright was formally named captain of the Mets on Thursday.
“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far,” Wright said according to Mets Blog. “To be viewed in this light – by ownership, by Sandy and the front office, the coaching staff, and most importantly by the players – means a great deal to me. I’m honored and proud to be on the short list of guys of who have been captain in our history. It’s a dream come true, to say the least, and something I am very, very proud of.”
Jeff Wilpon said the decision was made when Wright signed his contract extension last December, but Wright wanted to wait to talk to his teammates before making it official.
David Wright is the fourth captain in team history, joining Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco. But unlike Hernandez and Franco (and maybe Carter, although I can’t confirm that), Wright will not wear the hockey-style “C” on his uniform.
“A uniform is a uniform for a reason… Everyone is in agreement we will do without it,” Wright said.
So now David Wright’s “Captain America” moniker really fits!