Feel Good Friday: David Wright is a Leader

David Lennon has an article today about how David Wright is becoming the team’s leader, both on and off-the-field. According to Lennon, Wright demanded a team meeting before the first Mets-Yankees subway series and the meeting was a huge success:

That player was Wright, who arrived earlier than usual that day. Wright marched into the manager’s office and told Jerry Manuel that it was time to summon everyone for a meeting, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Wright told Manuel the team was out of sync, so gathering everyone to clear the air might be a step toward fixing the internal issues. Manuel did, squeezing the entire roster into his office, and the Mets responded by winning 19 of their next 25 games.

It was Manuel who received credit for the meeting and the resulting bounce in the standings. But that group therapy session probably wouldn’t have taken place without the intervention of Wright, who is content to be a leader – a captain if you will – as long as he can do it on his own behind-the-scenes terms. (Newsday)

  1. oktoday July 9, 2010 at 11:45 am
    Can you imagine how good Davids parents are in order to make such a perfect child.
  2. Bill July 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    Scoff if you want, but David has made strides in becoming a leader on this team. It’s refreshing to see him as a guy who wants to be up when the game is on the line. Will he always deliver? No. Is he going to ever be a Derrick Jeter type leader? Probably not. Since Delgado left, Wright has taken ownership of the team and is playing like a serious MVP caliber player in this first half
  3. Mike July 9, 2010 at 3:12 pm
    Bill++, good points.

    Wright is our guy, he is not going anywhere, and we must live or die with him. Sooner everyone excepts that the happier we will be.

    I’ve always felt like as good as David is, he was lacking something. This season he has really matured in that he takes ownership of his flaws and has actually worked to fix them. In the past he seemed to just talk about his shortcomings and say mostly the right things. But since he early season struggles he has really fixed his swing and yes, is a legit MVP candidate.