David Wright’s “The Captain” takes us through the legacy of a New York icon


Jordan Katz, Staff Writer

There is little debate as to who was the face of the New York Mets franchise from the moment that he was called up to the major leagues to the day that he retired. A Hall of Fame career derailed by spinal stenosis, former Mets captain David Wright details his life in baseball in his new memoir. 
From his time playing baseball as a child on local teams to playing on the biggest stage in the world, he discusses the challenges that he faced along the way with glimpses of insight that fans had not known before. 
One such example of this includes his reaction to the proclamation of Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins saying that they were the team to beat in the National League East division prior to the 2007 season and how this manifested itself into them eventually becoming teammates for the World Baseball Classic. Amidst the awkwardness, of course it was Derek Jeter that eventually ended up breaking the ice. 
Beyond this, learning about the spinal stenosis diagnosis and the fallout from that is probably the most impactful set of events. For fans that know of Don Mattingly, another star player whose career was ended by this affliction, Wright’s career ending was inevitable and it was only a matter of delaying it. Knowing this himself, he still kept pushing through strenuous rehab where he would have to workout for hours before a game just to be on the field.
During the course of the memoir, there’s a lot of emphasis placed by Wright on how he was just a kid from Virginia that was drafted by a New York team. Wright expressed great appreciation towards the city of New York for being accepted so quickly as a member of that community, eventually being made the captain of the team.
While nothing groundbreaking is revealed, it’s without a doubt that Wright’s commentary gives a new perspective on various points through his career and is certainly worth the read for any baseball fan in general, not just Mets fans.