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For success, choose the Wright path

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Even as the New York Mets flamed out in spectacular fashion last fall, the team’s All-Star third baseman, David Wright, put in a stellar performance, batting .397 during the final 17 games. Yet, as the team squandered a seven-game division lead, Wright stood at his locker after every loss and took responsibility for the team.

Let’s look at Wright’s subtler acts of leadership.

Moments after Brian Schneider got traded to the Mets from Washington, Wright texted him a welcome. “I’m barely on the team and he’s already reaching out,” says Schneider. “Shows what kind of guy he is.”

Wright also has called other new Mets players and rearranged his schedule to show up at the introductory news conference of Johan Santana.

Wright canceled most of his endorsement and promotional trips last winter so he could concentrate on his workouts. He used last season’s disappointment as a spur to become bigger, stronger and quicker.

Four years in, Wright is still new enough to remember feeling awestruck in 2004 when he was surrounded by veterans like pitcher Tom Glavine. About a year before that, while still in the minors, he remembers seeing catcher Mike Piazza practicing on a back field.

“That rubbed off,” he says. “I’ve tried to emulate Glavine’s professionalism and the way he carries himself. The one thing that all these guys had in common was that they had the ability to bring together people.”

—Adapted from “Meet David Wright, The Real Mr. Met,” Ben Shpigel, The New York Times.

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