Friend o’ the stache, former Deadspin editor and current New York columnist Will Leitch has written a preview of the 2009 Mets season. He argues that this is a make-or-break season for the Metropolitans and that their championship window may be closing. There’s good news and questionable news, but one thing is undeniable: David Wright is the linchpin.
Leitch goes into detail on every Mets regular and starter and takes a glance at the bullpen, bench and leadership. Not surprising, he praises our protaganist highly.
3B David Wright. He might not have been particularly clutch last September (although maybe his big game-winning hit against Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic will open up heretofore undiscovered “clutch” powers), but Wright is the best third baseman in the game. He had season highs in homers and RBIs and continues to be world-class in the field. He doesn’t run as much as he used to, but if he stays healthy, Wright could be an MVP this year. You build empires around players like this one.
Leitch’s piece is a solid read. And while he doesn’t mention mustaches or The Wright Stache specifically, one can safely assume that his predictions for the season would have been more optimistic if David had started sprouting whiskers by now.