Jose Reyes returns to Citi Field with the Miami Marlins this Tuesday. Reyes was my favorite player just months ago, but obviously now he’s not. A-Rod, Jimmy Rollins, Chipper Jones, Jayson Werth-less, and Jose Reyes are all in the same category now. They are enemies.
So, because of that I should boo Jose Reyes at an extreme decibel level on Tuesday, right? Shouldn’t we let him know that he betrayed us?
In 1999, The Mets spotted a 16 year old speedster at a tryout camp in the Dominican Republic. In August of that same year, the Mets offered that 16 year old a contract. Four years later, Reyes was in the big leagues playing shortstop for the New York Mets. The 16 year old kid grew into a superstar.
You may not realize it, but Reyes was in the Mets organization for twelve years. Twelve years is a long time. A lot has happened since then. In Mets-land, there have been five managers, four GMs, the Subway Series, the 2006 playoff-fiasco, Madoff, Piazza, Mo Vaughn, Lastings Milledge, etc…
OK, you get my point. Twelve years is a long time, and Jose Reyes should have been loyal to the Mets? Right?
Well, yes and no.
Yes, I think homegrown players should be loyal to the organization that put their faith in you when you were just a kid. But, let’s be honest, the Mets really didn’t try to re-sign him this offseason.
I wrote back in December that the number one reason the Mets didn’t re-sign Reyes is the Wilpon Family. After the Wilpons, it went Madoff, Selig, Loria & Samson & the Marlins, Minaya, Alderson, and finally Reyes. (Checkout what I wrote by clicking here)
I do not think it’s all Reyes’ fault at all. In fact, I think it’s barely Reyes’ fault. So, from that standpoint, I shouldn’t boo Reyes.
On the other hand, Jose Reyes is a great baseball player on the Mets’ division rival, the Miami Marlins.
He left the Mets after twelve years. Fans rallied for him to stay, people purchased t-shirts from The 7 Line that said “Please Stay Jose,” and Reyes didn’t care at all. He left the Mets. He went to Miami. He went for money. He went for the weather. He went because of disloyalty.
But, you can’t blame him. Face it, if someone offered you $20 million more than someone else, you’d work for the person who paid you the extra cash. So, for that reason, I don’t hate Reyes.
That rant leads to this conclusion:
I will cheer for Jose Reyes is hit first at bat on Tuesday and during the video tribute the Mets plan to give Jose that same day. But, once those two events are over, it’s boo-central for me.
I will always appreciate Jose Reyes. But, while he plays for another team in Major League Baseball, he is not hearing cheers from me.
He truly is enemy number one.