Mets held a press conference on Thursday late afternoon with captain David Wright
Well, it went pretty much as expected. Oh, and Wright clarified for all of us that he is not in fact dying, contrary to the tweets you may see on #MetsTwitter.
In general, there really wasn’t much of a surprise from Wright.
He spoke about his rotator cuff surgery, remarking that it “just needed to be done.” He also went on to state that the big issue this season wasn’t his neck or his back — two things everyone was worried about, due to having surgery and missing last season due to surgery on the herniated disc in his neck, and his spinal stenosis that kept him out for the majority of 2015.
The big issue this season was his shoulder. Wright said that he has been able to manage both his neck and his back. But his shoulder was another story, hence needing surgery.
Not only was it necessary for his baseball future, but also for his future beyond the diamond. Wright remarked how he’d like to be able to play catch with his kids down the line, so this surgery should allow that to happen going forward.
Wright also acknowledged that he has not been able to be counted on at third base for his beloved team, and understands that the organization does need to look at other options to play third. There’s already been some loose rumors linking the Mets with third base free agents such as Manny Machado, so it makes sense that Wright would talk about this during his press conference.
He knows he can’t be relied on like he once was. And, this shows that Wright still wants to do what’s best for this team (cue everyone commenting about how if he was really doing what’s best for his team he’d just retire). But, he’s still acknowledging that the team should have another third base option, and that’s not something that every baseball player would say.
Finally, Wright spoke about one of our favorite topics — the potential of him becoming a future Mets manager. Well, unfortunately, as of right now, he has no plans for it. “I don’t think so,” he said.
But, he didn’t rule it out forever. “I guess I would never say never, but right now, no.”
I personally think Wright would make a phenomenal manager. He knows the organization inside out, he knows how to lead, and he’s just an all around good guy who will not only have the respect of his players, but will be a great example for them as well.
Captain, we want what’s best for you. We miss you, and we want you to be 100% again. In the meantime, we wrote you this letter.