By Ed Coleman
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David Wright has seen three of them already — the speeches that manager Terry Collins delivers to the team on the first day of full-squad workouts during spring training. Even when Collins says he’s going to take it down a notch, Wright watches him start slowly and then eventually build into a frenzy before finishing with a flourish. Wright loves it because he shares that same passion for the Mets that Collins does, and that passion transmits and comes across easily.
If there was a central theme as Collins looked out over a room populated with youngsters, aging veterans and non-roster invitees, the manager said it was this.
It’s simply put, but sometimes not simple to grasp. But that’s a big part of the reason why Wright loves Collins. Because their roster doesn’t include many stars and high-priced players, in order to be successful the Mets have to do the little things that are repeated over and over during spring training well. They probably have to do them better than other teams, and that’s just fine with Wright.
So why should Mets fans believe in this team? Well, Wright believes that having a locker room full of people trying to prove something is a good place to start.
And Wright is not unhappy about the lack of big free-agent acquisitions because of what it can mean.
Some of the young power arms that the Mets possess — Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, etc. – may become household names rather quickly, and they’ve given Wright the belief that when things start to turn, they can turn around rapidly.
Make no mistake about it — Wright is the leader of this club. And he talked about the type of leader that he is.
So will Wright be named captain of the Mets sometime soon? Collins will begin the process of what will eventually become a “C” on his No. 5 uniform, but everyone already knows who the leader and captain of this ship is.
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