David Wright officially named Mets captain
New York Mets star David Wright has officially been named the team’s captain, becoming only the fourth player in Mets history to become captain of the franchise.
The third baseman also becomes only the third player to become an active captain of a team in the major leagues, joining Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox.
“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far,” Wright told the Associated Press. ”I think to be viewed in this light both by ownership, by Sandy and the front office, by the coaching staff and probably most importantly by the players, is a great deal to me.”
30-year-old Wright, who was given an eight-year, $138 million contract extension in the offseason but is unsure if he’ll be ready for Opening Day due to a rib injury, also said that although he’s proud of being captain, he’s choosing not to wear the ‘C’ on his jersey.
“I don’t necessarily like to stick out too much,” he said. “I think that everybody is kind of in agreement that we’re going to do without.”
John Franco was the last Mets player to be captain of the team, holding the position from 2001-2004, according to the New York Times. Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter also previously held the position in the 1980s.
“To be on that short list of guys that have been considered captain of this franchise is, for me, a dream come true, to say the least,” Wright said. “It’s something that I’m very, very, very proud about.”