David Wright has flown completely under the radar this spring, which is extremely important for the Mets. A year ago at this time, all of the talk was centered around Wright's unexpected power outage in 2009. Questions abound for the upcoming 2010 season about if his power would return, has he lost his stroke, and would he ever be the same player. David put those questions to bed early in 2010 homering in his first at-bat in Citi Field, just the start of another solid all-star season for the Virginia Native. In another season amidst controversy, injuries and lack of production from star players, David proved the be the rock of the franchise. He steadily put together an all-star season in line with his previous years. He anointed himself the face of the franchise, not by his words, but by his actions. He stood by his locker day after day, answering questions about poor performance, losing and injuries. He played hard and put up very solid numbers, despite for the second consecutive year having no real protection behind him. Beltran was a shell of his former self once he returned, Bay never got off the ground and Davis was just a kid. David was the guy who got in Pelfrey's face in the dugout during his month and half slump, telling him that he was better than that. He has come out this spring and said "I just know how special it was the season that we had in ’06. It was so much fun. I haven’t had that since, and I miss it", while also giving his teammates a message saying "It’s to the point now where you’ve got to put up or shut up."
Through all of the negative headlines over the past few seasons, #5 has been the face standing up to own it all. More often than not he was the only one standing at his locker after games talking about the mistakes and poor performance of others. He wants to be the guy, the one who helps lead his favorite childhood team to the promise land. While we all have doubts that the Mets can contend this season, it is clear the one person has hope. It is safe to say that with the Mets storm brewing with no end in sight, David Wright is the calm that nobody is worried about.
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