Mets COO Jeff Wilpon had a gift for Mariano Rivera in one hand Tuesday and a white flag in the other.
Wright isn’t just “Captain America” or Mr. Met or the fourth captain in franchise history. He has a chance to go down as the greatest player in franchise history.
As the newly appointed team leader, David Wright has already made his first decision: He won’t wear the captain’s ‘C’ on his Mets jersey.
“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far,” Wright said. “(I’m) honored and very proud to be on the short list of guys that have been captain of this franchise. For me it’s a dream come true, to say the least.”
The superstar third baseman will likely be named the fourth captain in franchise history before the season begins on April 1, according to a report.
Piazza was honored on the final day that Shea Stadium stood in 2008, but since then he hasn’t had much of an association with the franchise. His relationship has, in fact, “cooled some over time,” according to a report.
Earlier this month, Fred Wilpon was bullish on the state of the team’s finances, and said payroll should be able to climb to pre-Madoff heights.
David Wright has some unfinished business in New York, and he still has faith he can win with the Mets.
“I want to treat them like they’re good major league players, which they are, and not make it sound like we have guys in that room who don’t belong,” Collins said. “Because that’s not true.”
Spring training is all about optimism, and Mets owner Fred Wilpon delivered a large dose of it Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.
Baseball and blackjack? The owners of the Mets were all in on a 2011 proposal for a casino next to Citi Field, only to be rejected by the Bloomberg administration, according to the New York Post.
The 1993 National League Rookie of the Year was a Met from 1998-2005. He won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and was the All-Star Game MVP in 1996. He also holds the record for most home runs by a catcher with 396.
According to the New York Post, owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz have refinanced $450 million in loans that were borrowed against SportsNet New York, the cable network which airs the vast majority of Mets game throughout the season.
“I feel like we’re asking for less than what’s fair,” Dickey said Tuesday. “There is a surprise sometimes when things don’t get done quickly and you already think you’re extending the olive branch.”
The Mets reportedly aren’t budging in their trade demands for R.A. Dickey. But when it comes to negotiations to extend the knuckleballer, in seems one side may have acquiesced — even if just a bit.