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)