The past few years the players have decided to take the bull by the horns and say what they think will happen. Carlos Beltran is the first one who comes to mind when he proclaimed the Mets to win it all in 2007. He made a similar comment in January last year.
Now it is David Wright’s turn. Here’s what Wright is saying:
We expect to win the National League East.
Here is an FYI specifically for Wright: The entire New York Mets fan base has been expecting this since 2007. What have you given us? Nothing but heartbreak. Which has resulted in nothing but resentment. Which in turn results in low expectations from the majority of the fanbase.
I have a message to every player of the New York Mets, shut your mouths. I do not care what you expect to do. Just go out and do it. I’m tired of hearing “we expect…” or “we will win…”.
No, no, NO! At this point, the fans just want you to win. We do not care what you expect to do. Every team expects to go out and compete.
David, put your bat where your mouth is. You want to play “El Capitan”, give us a reason. Take control of the team. Hold everyone accountable. Laying down expectations is not enough. You have to lead them because that is what a leader does.
Wow! An incredible concept, I know.
Wright this is all on you. There is Carlos Delgado. It is either you or nobody. You better learn to hit again. Otherwise, do not expect anybody to be listening to you. You had better leave your heart out on that field during every at-bat and thensome.
It seemed Johan Santana was going to take the role of team leader last year. He did everything right. He did not have to talk or make predictions or anything. He backed up everything that I’m sure was going through his mind with every pitch he made.
If Wright starts to flounder again, I nominate Johan Santana to be El Capitan. At least he walks the walk.
Yes I am being harsh. At this point, they deserve it. No more excuses! It is a new season. I like to keep the expectations low. I expect nothing except the best they can do. Anything less than that is not acceptable and should that happen, they should be run out of town.
If Wright making this statement is his way of holding the team accountable, then so be it. It is rather smart. He is holding them accountable in public; in front of the fans and media.
But if this was not his plan, I do not want to hear it. You only set yourself up for disappointment.