Jose Reyes. The Shortstop for the Miami Marlins. The nineteen-year-old kid, Mets fans watched grow up on the baseball diamond from 2003-2011. The 2011 batting champion. The four time all star. The all-time leader in triples and stolen bases in Mets history. The most exciting player to arguably ever wear the orange and blue. The best shortstop in New York Mets history.
Reyes has already played in more than one hundred games as a Marlin, though it’s still a tad awkward seeing him with an M across his hat. I never thought it was right to boo Reyes when he returned to Queens. In reality, he didn’t do anything wrong. He didn’t lead Met fans on. He never promised us anything. He didn’t embarrass us in anyway. He didn’t make a LeBron James-esq “Decision.” He left for a better opportunity in Miami, just the way anybody in the working world would take a job that correlates with a better payday. I think deep down inside most fans would agree that if the Wilpon’s weren’t in a financial crisis and the Madoff scandal never happened, Reyes would still be doing handshakes with Met teammates outside the dugout throughout eighty-one games at Citi Field, for the next several years. Though in reality, the Madoff scandal happened, and the Wilpons are in a major financial crisis so Jose did what was best for him and his family. He signed a large contract with the Marlins of Miami.
In my opinion, Reyes broke up with the Mets on good terms. It sort of ended with an “it’s not you it’s me” ending. It just wasn’t a great fit for the circumstances in both parties. Reyes wanted a big payday, and the Mets couldn’t afford him. People feel stabbed in the back because of Jose’s decision. Fans jump to assume Jose walked out with his middle finger raised up in the air. There are fans that still love Jose and would take him back in a second.
With all that said, I know all Met fans were rooting tremendously for Dickey to put an end to Reyes’ twenty-six game hit streak. With every hit he had this past series, hearing the fact he has hit safely in his past twenty-six contests was like listening to nails on a chalkboard. It honestly hurt knowing how well he was doing. It hurt because all Met fans know that feeling when Jose is in such a groove. We all miss the feeling that he’ll get a base hit no matter who is pitching.
Maybe it was easy not to boo him earlier in the year when he was struggling and the Mets were surprising the baseball world. Maybe it was easier not to boo him because Reyes’ placement, Ruben Tejada, has played tremendous baseball this year. You want to see a player like Jose, who gave his all, succeed in life. You just don’t want to see him doing great when he’s back where we think he belongs. Do I think it’s right to boo Reyes? No, but I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong either. I find it hard to gather myself to boo Reyes, but when he’s back in Citi Field, it’s not hard to root against him.