Since he debuted with the New York Mets in 2004, David Wright has collected a number of accolades: two Golden Glove Awards (2007, 2008), a six-time All-Star (2006-2010, 2012) and two Silver Slugger Awards among them.
Last week, the Mets gave Wright another well-deserved accolade: the team named him the fourth captain in the team’s history, joining Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and John Franco in the exclusive club.
The news was tempered, however, with an injury. Shortly before Wright received the honor, the third basemen injured his ribs playing for the United States in the World Baseball Classic. The injury meant that the captains of both of New York’s baseball teams finished off the spring injured: Wright with his ribs and Yankees captain Derek Jeter with his ankle issues.
Unlike Jeter, however, the Mets have stated that they are confident Wright will be ready to play on Opening Day, scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. start April 1 against the San Diego Padres.
Perhaps both captains will be healthy when the two teams face off in interleague play the last week of May.
Hopefully the Mets won’t have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by then…