Posted 10 June 2013 - 03:45 PM
Step 1 would be getting past the idea that Wright is a leader. He doesn't have that in him, and being the best player on a bad team full of no-talents doesn't make a guy a leader by default. I know the leader/captain thing is often overblown/romanticized, as though such a guy is constantly making award-winning speeches or carrying his team to 90% of their wins. What the Mets really need is a Kirk Gibson-type, a Claude Lemieux, a guy with a clear identity who may not be the best player, but who simply hates losing, and somehow inspires guys around him, and has a way of raising his game. Wright is nowhere near that kind of guy. Like I keep saying, Wright at this point is the perfect complementary 1A-type, but the Mets seem to be insistent on making him the cornerstone, the franchise, the leader. He's never going to be anything more than a poor man's version of all of that. Not his fault, just hate when someone is asked/forced to do more than he is capable of...not fair to anyone.
I think Harvey can be a leader-type, but it's better if it's an everyday player filling that role. I think Murph is closer to that than David Wright is, and I think if Sandy ever finds a way to get more damned talent around him, I think Murph could possibly be the guy in the clubhouse, the gritster who fights for everything and knows it ain't comin' easily.
fvck the Wilpons...they're a couple of incompetent clowns, and any identity the on-field product has should never come from them. They're the kind of guys you NEVER want to hear anything about...the only times they're in the news, it seems to be for the wrong reasons. Trying to build an identity from your GM is dangerous business too...remember when Steve Phillips and Omar Minaya were at first lauded and loved because they were aggressive and almost brash in making moves?
I think a good mindset has to come from the manager and some key players. Terry was a lame duck from the day he was hired, and especially so now, so it ain't coming from him. It's not coming from Wright. Maybe Harvey? Maybe someone who's not even a Met yet? I don't know.
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