The fact that David Wright is tearing up the World Baseball Classic should not come as a shock to those Mets fans who have watched him his entire career. Not only is he the star of the show, it gave him a nickname that will probably stick for the rest of his life.
Wright is hitting .437 (7-for-16) with a homer and two doubles. He has 10 RBIs, which ties the record for the most in a single tournament. Wright could break the record Thursday night in a match-up with the powerful club from the Dominican Republic, featuring old pal Jose Reyes. Another old friend, R.A. Dickey, gets the start for Team USA. The winner goes onto the semifinals.
“Obviously, the adrenaline gets pumping for this tournament,” Wright said after Tuesday night’s victory over Puerto Rico. “You wear that uniform, and as I mentioned before, you want to go out there and represent your country.”
David Wright has shown countless times over his career that when he gets hot, he is red hot. He hardly misses any pitches and is capable of carrying a team all by himself. That appears to be the case right now. Hopefully he can keep it up for a couple of more games and carry it into the season for the Mets.
Something that will definitely carry into the season is the new nickname — “Captain America.” It is a fitting moniker; even if the team does not make it official and decides against puting that “C” on his chest, David Wright is the unquestioned captain of the Mets. And he’ll need to play like a superhero if the Mets have any hopes of winning in 2013 and beyond.