PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Former Mets captains Keith Hernandez and John Franco issued statements through the team Thursday after David Wright was appointed the fourth captain in franchise history:
"Being named captain was a badge of honor. My life did not change that much. I just became a sounding board in certain situations. I have been around David long enough to know that he is the perfect guy to be the captain of the Mets."
"We had talks together when he came up. I told him to play hard and play the game the right way. Being named captain is a sign of respect and a sign that the players on the team hold you in high esteem and that they expect you be the leader on and off the field. I took my captaincy very seriously and I know that David will do the same."