On Thursday, Mets’ owner Fred Wilpon came out and compared David Wright to the Yankees’ Derek Jeter, at least in terms of being the face of the franchise. You can read more thoughts on Wilpon’s comments from Adam Rubin at ESPN.
Here are the Mets owner’s comments:
“David is a unique player. He’s an All-Star,” Wilpon said Wednesday while touring Mets camp. “I think David is an All-Star in all things. He’s a great person. To me, he’s our Jeter. And I think you need a core. I don’t want to put it all on his shoulders. But he gets it. As far as I was concerned, he was not going anywhere.”
Fred’s comments flattered the star third baseman, but Wright felt he was a bit undeserving to be put into that category.
“In my eyes, that’s the ultimate compliment,” Wright said Friday about being linked to the Yankees’ shortstop. “I think it’s somewhat undeserving. But it’s humbling to be mentioned in the same sentence with him. I understand the rivalry within New York. At the same time, I don’t think you can give a player a bigger compliment.”
Here is Wright’s response to why he felt he did not deserve such high praise.
“The résumé kind of speaks for itself as far as what [Jeter's] done on the field. And, most importantly, he’s got a handful of rings. Literally, a handful,” said Wright, who has made one postseason appearance since his Mets debut in 2004. “I think that’s most important. All in all, like I said, it’s a tremendous compliment. I can’t think of a bigger compliment.”
It is very clear now that David Wright is guy. He has taken on that role at the highest level, as he is reaching out to players when they join the organization, as well as being the Mets face at media events. Wright will also probably be the Mets lone All-Star when the organization hosts the event later this summer.
What are your thoughts on the comments made by Fred Wilpon? Do you think David Wright is in the category of Derek Jeter when it comes to being the face of the Mets?