By Taryn “The Coop” Cooper
In a year where the Mets finished in fourth place, having the Nationals of all teams ahead of them in NL East standings, their dynamic shortstop Jose Reyes (who won a batting title in his last year with the team) has gone on to greener pastures…no literally, green as in money, years and the lush green of Miami, Florida…and took his talents to South Beach last night.
Can anyone blame Reyes for taking the YEARS and run? Yes, I said “years.” Because I don’t think this about money. We all knew the Mets wouldn’t go over five years, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less. If you want a well-rounded view of the “blame game” in Flushing, check out Adam Rubin’s piece on ESPN from today.
Jose Reyes was my favorite player in a long time for the Mets. I try not to get too attached to players because I understand the dynamics of baseball as a business, and that there are rarely any franchise players (especially the Mets). But it was hard to NOT like Reyes. And because the other teams hated him, I loved it even more.
At the end of it all, if the Mets can finish in fourth place with Reyes around, they can certainly finish in fourth place without him. If you think about it, if the Mets continue on this downward spiral, wouldn’t the cries be heard around the world about how Reyes’ contract is hindering their abilities to sign or improve elsewhere? Oh and that the Nationals and Marlins are finishing ahead of them in the standings.
No one is more disappointed with how the Mets have been playing since basically 2007 than I am. If you think about how great 2006 was from a fans perspective, be sure to read our blolleague Ed Leyro’s piece at Studious Metsimus on where the 2006 team is now. It will put into perspective just how flawed this team really is and has been.
Sadly, one man does not a team make. That doesn’t make this particular situation any less sad. Is it Midnight Massacre worthy? No. We’ve been at least prepared for this one for awhile. As I told our friend Wooo on Twitter last night, Tom Seaver = Franchise, Jose Reyes = Very very very very very very good player.
We’ve overcome a lot as fans…we’ll get over this one. Yet, the reality is, this team is going to be poorly operated for a very long time. I was watching highlight reels of Jose Reyes sliding into second, and it just brought back so much of the joy I was able to feel while watching this team since he was a tadpole.
This will take awhile, but it’ll happen. Eventually. I suppose.
Till then, we’ll be prepared to aim high. ‘Cause it can’t get much lower than this right now.