Jose Reyes: Selfish and Scared
The Mets’ Jose Reyes has had an incredible year. Despite a few injuries, he has stolen bases, hit for power and became the menace on the basepaths that many thought he could still be. Now some may say that he only had a year like this because this was his contract year, but nonetheless, he had a great year. But as great of a year as he was having, he sure picked a peculiar way to end it.
With the Mets way out of contention, Joes Reyes was still in contention for the National League batting title. Reyes knew that if he won this title, he would be the first Met to ever win this title. So, before the last game of the season, he goes up to his manager and tells him that if he gets a hit in his first at-bat, he wants to be taken out of the game. Long story short, he gets a hit in his first at-bat and Mets Manager Terry Collins removes Reyes from the game. Now, I’m I the only one that has an issue with this?
Not only did Reyes basically put his own personal gain ahead of his team, but he cheated the fans as well. Fans spend their hard-earned money to see superstars go out and play and entertain because, above all, professional sports are entertainment. For him to leave the game and admit he left because he wanted a record is just flat-out selfish. I wish a teammate of mine would do something like that to me. That teammate, in my eyes, would be viewed as someone who is only about him and was never about the team.
And the insanity not only stops there. Reyes went on to say that he didn’t care what the people thought, but that he talked to many people that thought he should play and some that thought he shouldn’t play and that’s how he came to his decision. To me, that’s contradictory talk. If you did not care what other people thought, then why even admit you listened to their opinions? Why wouldn’t you just stand on your own two feet on your decision instead of trying to bring everyone else in?
Well, I have the answer for that. In all actuality, he does care what people think of him. When people don’t care what people think of them, they don’t go out of their way to bring other people into what they were thinking. They make the decision on their own and accept the consequences on their own. To me, that’s just someone that sounds scared of what people may say about him.
Reyes is a free agent now and will be free to sign with whatever team he wants. But to all the teams considering him, I hope they paid attention to this display. It could be a one-in-a-lifetime, harmless display. But it also could be a deeper look into the real personality of Jose Reyes.