Is there a reason why the team hasn't had a captain since John Franco? Some say that Wright is the unofficial captain but it doesn't seem that someone who is as soft spoken as Wright is would be fitting for that role.
As I've said in the past I have a huge disdain and loathing for most of the MSM (including the Around the Empire writer for the SB New York page) who cover our team who in reality are just propaganda mouth pieces for the Yankees. However once in awhile he hear the rant that the team is lost without a captain from them. Granted to date their are only three teams that currently have actual captains; White Sox, Red Sox and Yankees so their theory is pretty much bogus. It did get me thinking, with our team going in the direction of youth perhaps it's time for one of the "vets" to step up to the plate. Our "vets" contain Dickey, Santana, Wright, Pelfrey and Bay and from where I stand Dickey stands out from the rest of them as far as leadership qualities go.
Some will say that Dickey is just another journeyman who managed to turn it on before he had to make the decision of giving up a career in baseball altogether however it's more than that. With the nature of big professional sports contracts it's creates egos, big mouths and hype among other things. Dickey shows that he is a realist and is the counterpart to the modern day ego-maniacal and money driven athlete. With all the negativity that constantly bombards and surrounds the team (Madoff, a bias/hack filled media, horrible ownership, etc) Dickey seems like the type of player that keeps everyone in good spirits. Ultimately this decision is up to Terry Collins since in MLB captains are manager approved not voted for by the players like in the NFL but it could help Collins weather the potential storm that is the 2012 season.