Mickey Callaway hasn't been around David Wright all that much yet, but such an impression has been made on the new manager that he wants Wright around the team as much as his rehab will permit.
Wright has been limited to just 75 games in the last three years due to injuries, missing all of 2017, and is fighting an uphill battle to ever take another MLB at-bat. But Callaway already knows that Wright's value goes far beyond the batter's box as his leadership is invaluable.
"Everybody knows who David Wright is and the leader that he is," Callaway said. "He actually came into my office yesterday and was wondering about some of the expectations that we had. I told him 'David, not to interfere with anything that you're trying to do to get back on the field, I want you as present as possible. I want you to be around the guys.' ... We need his leadership."
Callaway and Mets fans aren't the only ones rooting for Wright. Far from it, according to Callaway.
"I would think everybody in baseball is rooting for Wright to come back because he's such a great ambassador for this game," Callaway said. "He's what this game is all about. He loves to play it, everything he does is thoughtful and he plays the game the right way."
On Friday, Callaway took some players out on a catch-and-release fishing trip. The manager believes that these kinds of activities help with team building and he enjoys being around the guys in a relaxed environment.
"Just having fun, keeping things light," Callaway said. "I think it's fun to get out and hang out with guys away from the field. You know, we're here, there's pressure on guys to perform and get their routines done. We can go away from the field and have dinner, it's just a good chance to be normal with each other. ... To be able to see them in a relaxed atmosphere was fun last night."
Above all, Callaway wants to connect with his players.
"Yes [it's normal for managers to take part in activities with the team.] Guys that connect with their players do things like that. That's what I'm trying to do," said Callaway.