Terry Collins made a few announcements following the Mets 3-2 loss to the Cardinals yesterday—
1. David Wright is OFFICIALLY
finally named the captain of the New York Mets. Terry said that it was pretty obvious once Wright dedicated himself to the team this offseason with his giant contact (making him a Met for life) that it was time to give him the honor. Wright has nobly declined to wear the ‘C’ on his jersey (much to my disappointment). But you could expect nothing less from the less-than-flashy All-Star third basemen. He leads by example and doesn’t need to show it on his uniform. This was a great decision and really shows how much the organization and players respect David’s leadership role on the team. Wright joins a short list of Mets captains following in the footsteps of John Franco, Keith Hernandez, and Gary Carter. He also joins the Yankees’ Derek Jeter and the White Sox’s Paul Konerko on the short list of active MLB captains. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW CAPTAIN! He has some good company! (:: Side Note:: With David’s slight injury, he may not definitely be starting on Opening Day. That’s very upsetting considering I’ll be in the stands April 1st cheering them on!)
Here are some comments from yesterday when Captain America became Captain Wright:
“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far. I’m honored and very proud to be on that short list of guys that have been considered captain of this franchise. For me, it’s a dream come true, to say the least.”–David Wright
“I don’t think David needs it. I don’t think that fits his personality. He’s not somebody who is a captain in title alone. It’s really about the substance underneath the title.”– Sandy Alderson on Wright not wearing the captain’s ‘C’
“I have been around David long enough to know that he is the perfect guy to be the captain of the Mets,“–Keith Hernandez
“There’s nobody better to choose as a captain…He’s a professional on and off the field.”–Ike Davis
Check out the video of David Wright accepting his Captaincy honor from Mets.com here.
2. And the second announcement coming out of that same press conference declares JON NIESE THE OPENING DAY STARTER! It’s not much of a shocker and even though Sandy Alderson refuses to admit it, Johan Santana will most likely be on the DL to start the season. I’m comfortable with this decision. Niese has shown that he has grown as a pitcher and a professional over the past few years and his performance this spring has been phenomenal! He leads all National League pitchers with an astonishing 0.71 ERA. And with his comments from yesterday’s conference, you can really see he is ready to take on this leadership role. His confidence is extremely reassuring! CONGRATULATIONS TO NIESE! (I won’t hold my breath on when to expect Santana back…)
Check out the video of Niese’s comments following the announcement here.
INJURY REPORT– Shaun Marcum received what he calls a “precautionary” cortisone shot in his shoulder following some tightness and a notice of a drop in velocity during a game against the Marlins. He says it’s nothing new, he knows how to deal with it, and he will be ready for the season. I’m praying that’s true because we can’t afford to damage our already shaky rotation. With Santana likely on the DL, the starting rotation once the season starts will probably be Niese, Marcum, Harvey, Gee, and Jeremy Hefner (who pitched a pretty good game yesterday against the Cards).
ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT UNTIL OPENING DAY!!! WHO’S READY FOR SOME BASEBALL?! LET’S GO METS!