When Robinson Cano got down to Port St. Lucie, he saw his new locker in the clubhouse with his new orange and blue threads. But it isn't just any locker Cano was given.
It was David Wright's locker.
Wright won't be in the clubhouse this season, but instead, will serve as a special assistant in the Mets' front office. So the Mets thought giving Cano, one of the fresh faces in the building, his empty locker, and Cano realizes how much of an honor it is.
"Well first of all, nobody is going to replace David Wright in this organization," Cano told the media on Sunday. "We all know what he was. Sad that he has to end his career that way and I played with David against him in the minor leagues and the bigs and get to see him. Like I said, he's a guy that no one is going to replace and I feel special I get to have his locker."
No, Cano isn't going to replace the lasting legacy Wright left in Flushing, but the Mets are hoping for some of that production this season. Cano is all about consistency, being a career .304 hitter while also owning a very reliable glove at second base. He is one of the main reasons why the Mets have postseason expectations this season, and so does Cano of course.
But the 36-year-old isn't going to put any pressure on himself.
"I don't want to say I feel like [I'm] the guy that has to go out and help this team," Cano said. "This is a game that you play as a team, but I'm gonna go out and do my best and give everything, yes I will. But I don't like to pressure myself that I have to go out, and you know, be that guy but I will do my best and give everything I got to go out and compete and help the team to win again."
Cano may not win over Mets fans' hearts like Wright did over his 14-year career. But, if he produces the way everyone expects he will, Cano will certianly hear his name chanted at Citi Field this season.