According to a team source, the Mets will acknowledge Reyes’ nine years in New York with a video tribute on April 24, before the shortstop’s Citi Field unveiling as a Miami Marlin. That game opens a three-game series.
Reyes, who won the first batting title in club history last season, agreed in December with the Marlins on a six-year, $106 million contract.
The question is, should Jose Reyes be given a video tribute?
I liked Jose Reyes during his time here. I still consider him a good player now that he is a member of a division rival. However, I don’t think he deserves a video tribute. My reasoning? He did not put the team first, he did not put all his effort into helping the team.
Does anyone remember what happened in July of 2007? Jose Reyes was benched by Willie Randolph, then New York Mets manager, for not running out a play. He did that a lot more frequently than people realize, he just wasn’t called out on it by Randolph. Does anyone remember what happened during his last game as a member of the New York Mets? He got a base hit, then pulled himself out, not due to injury, but to secure the batting title. He didn’t even run the bases before pulling himself. He was more about himself than he was about being a team player. That’s why I think he doesn’t deserve the video tribute.
While I disagree with the video tribute, I do realize Jose Reyes did do a lot while with the team. He is a great player, and was during his time with the New York Mets. He was the spark plug for the team, and was a lot of the energy in the dugout. He did play great on the field when he was playing hard. He sparked a lot of runs with his formula: single, stolen base, move to third on some play, score on the next play. I think it is time to move on from the Jose Reyes time, and look at the present and future.