Happy For Reyes

Of course I’m sick about losing Reyes. It made me nauseous to see him don the new Marlin threads (of which I’m not a fan at all) but part of me is happy for him.

The guy is an electric ballplayer and personal fandom aside he deserves to be in a place they are excited about him. 

Let’s face it, the Mets are depressing, both as an organization and personally for Jose. 

Not only has the franchise become a laughingstock of baseball but Flushing was also the place his owner dissed him in print, he struggled with health, incompetent medical staffs, and fans who revolted against him when he pulled a fairly common move of sitting down on the final day to preserve a batting crown (in fact he was 1-1) 

I wish he were here but he deserves to be appreciated by the fans without any of the injury baggage hanging over his head. He deserves an owner who wants him. He deserves a 100M contract, a chance to win and he deserves to feel wanted.

Sorry, but I’m not buying the Met spin that Jose is misrepresenting the situation. If the Mets really wanted him (which means “wanted him enough to match a serious offer”) I understand Jose’s not in the budget but you can’t have it both ways.

You can’t say you wanted him and tried to get him while also floating out there that you can’t afford him. It’s one or the other.

Maybe the Mets overlooked the fact they needed to do a good PR job on the chase. That’s too bad because it that may be the most important element of the chase - especially if he signs with another team and you’re left to face your fanbass.

13 Responses to “Happy For Reyes”

  1. Gregb Says:

    I’m not going to miss Reyes at all.

    Imo, his childish behavior almost single handedly brought the NL East’s scorn down on the Mets. He has natural skills, like speed, but he hasn’t shown the focus of a winner. He’s got an effervescent personality, but he’s not a cool-as-cucumber professional. He acts immature. He contributed to the late season collapses. And, .. he’s going to make a lot of money for six years.

    I think the Mets are much better off with Tejada at shortstop, as long as they use the money saved in other (baseball-oriented) directions. I actually like Tejada. I’ve seen him play some extremely smart baseball. He’s been bouncing around between 2B and SS but hopefully stability will help settle him down. In the meantime, his bat is showing signs of life.

  2. foxster Says:

    from the M. Donald Grant era through the present time, the Mets and good public relations have been complete strangers to each other

  3. metsfan73 Says:

    Hi Gregb: No offensem but it is not immaturity that Reyes has a sincere love for the game and loves playing. Talk to me when Tejada tires and is useless come late July and early August, while hitting .235 with 0 HR’s and six extra base hits.
    He is a gifted fielder, but I am not sold he is a pro SS. He is better suited for 2B because he doesn’t have the range in the hole or the arm of his predecessor.
    Remember, this is a game, and while all the Reyes detractors are piling on, remember how “clutch” his partner to the Wright, er right is.
    Six years is probably too long of a deal, but his presence in the Mets dugout will be sorely missed by teammates and fans alike. I will truly miss him.

  4. dave Says:

    I just hope that we live to see Jose entered into the hall of fame..as a NY Met. That’s all.

  5. ProfessorReyes Says:

    I echo the sentiment that the fans don’t deserve him.
    Good luck to you, José. Just wish you weren’t in the NL East.
    Look out for the Marlins and the Nats in 2012.

  6. ProfessorReyes Says:

    And what dave said.

  7. Met_Maven Says:

    As metsfan73 said, it is not immaturity that Reyes has. And he didn’t single handedly lose the division / WC for us. Its a team sport where every player makes a difference. If his “antics” mad other teams play harder, its up to the rest of our team to turn it up as well. Other players celebrate when they get a hit, make a good catch, etc. It was just out of control b/c Philly started complaining about it and the NY media just snowballed it. There were also people complaining about Joba pumping his fist with every strike / strikeout. When the Yankees would lose or get eliminated no one blamed his fist pumping. I loved Reyes’ enthusiasm. I wanted Reyes to stay. I think we’re a better team with him. But, without him we’re not that different. Tejada, from ‘10 - ‘11, showed tremendous growth both at the plate and in the field. The Mets will most likely finish with a record close to the one they had this year. This team shows promise, and could surprise us and finish at .500 maybe even 3rd in the east.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this post season won’t show what the team will be, it’s what happens next post season that will determine how long it will take for this rebuilding (oh no I said the “R” word about a New York team!) to produce results. Alderson has a lot of crap to fix that his predecessor and the Wilpons messed up. Look at the Knicks. It took years to correct the bad contracts, but look how exciting not to mention contending, the team is now. The problem with New York, especially Met fans (due to the lack of success), is that people want instant gratification. The Omar error, while produced some success, left the club in shambles when it cam to contending in the future. Add the Madoff mess and that f***s things up a lot. we have a GM who wants to win and won’t sign a big contract just to sign a big contract. He’s planning for the future. We have to discount the Omar years and look at the Alderson era as the beginning of the rebuilding.

  8. BrooklynBill Says:

    I think we need to get over Jose Reyes already.

  9. Met_Maven Says:

    BrooklynBill, I concur.

  10. CowCrusher Says:

    Ditto, BB.

  11. Lord Charles Says:

    Who?

  12. Luis Says:

    Have to disagree that sitting out the last day is commonplace to win a title. I was/am very disappointed that Jose did it and was allowed to do it…He put his own stats above the team’s chance for a win. It is little matter that the season was over etc etc. People pay to watch the players play and the team win..

  13. USMF Says:

    While I don’t like that Jose sat out, it does happen…I wished Jose stayed because he was the reason the fans came out…but I don’t buy the stats over winning thinking. Sandy and ownership already set the precedent that there are more important things than winning when Sandy punted 2011 on 2nd down…

    But lets be honest…with Jose, we might have a chance to compete, but with all the other 24 questions on the roster…odds are, they are looking at another sub .500 record and little hope for the 2013 season.

    With out Reyes, we still have a roster 100% filled with questions…we’ll probably lose 10 more games this year…but sucking is still sucking.

    I don’t blame Reyes for leaving…why stay with a team the obviously didn’t care to keep him and a team that’s going to be a loser for the next 2-3 years (at best).

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