WHEN JOSE COMES HOME, SO GOOD, HE’S THE PRIDE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Take a bow Mets fans, you did it. You voted and voted until you couldn’t make up any more e mail address and got Jose Reyes the starting job at short stop in the All Star Game.

In years past I’d be totally pissed off after the Mets lost 2 of 3 to the Highlanders at home, but yesterday’s comeback win and the way it unfolded makes this years’ series  loss a little easier to take. This is not the same old Mets anymore.

Besides the fact that you can see this team actually hates to lose and I can write every clichés about toughness, the one thing that is clear is the reputation of the Mets being a bunch of losers has all been erased. Sure, they are not a championship team yet but they are creeping into “team we hate to play” status. Have you noticed there are no more “Replace-Met” stories or writing on and on about when the injured stars will be back? It sucks big time to lose 2 of 3 at home to the Highlanders but if the Bronx Bastards (along with the Phuck Phaces and the Sawx) are the gold standard of baseball, the Mets a close to silver status which is a pretty good jump from last year’s given up status.

The biggest fallacy written about Jose Reyes is that he is injury prone. In 2009 the organization was much to blame for his injuries as they tried to change his running style was bad but the inept strength and conditioning staff made it worse. Last season he missed the start of the season due to illness more than injury  but that doesn’t stop hacks like Joel Sherman to play up to the ignorance of his readership that Reyes is injury prone.   Here is the breakdown of games played by Reyes since 2005 which is when he took over as the everyday shortstop after the other great idea of converting him to 2nd base so the great bust of Tokyo Kaz Matsui could be the starting shortstop:

2005 161 g

2006 153 g

2007 160 g

2008 159 g

Even with the illness and injury from trying to come back to soon last season, Reyes played in 133 games. So far this year he’s played 80 games. He took off yesterday due to the tweak of his hammy (a grade 1 strain) and he may take the next few games off before the All-Star Game as well.

We do see that Sandy Alderson may be won over by Jose Reyes and from meeting him myself it’s hard not to be. Alderson seems ready to make a very competitive offer to Reyes (I think we can forget all the Don’t Trade Reyes angst he’s not getting dealt) as he sees the contribution Reyes makes on and off the field.

If this weekend becomes the turning point where the Mets gain respect throughout baseball for being a team to avoid and Sandy Alderson decides that Jose Reyes is worth fighting to keep, then losing 2 of 3 to the Highlanders ain’t to tough to take.

Last up certainly not least, I want to wish all of you a happy and safe 4th of July. I have a couple of more days here in the Pocono Mountains, surrounded by Phuckadelphians in there Phuck Phace shirts and jerseys. Makes me sick.

 

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  1. Steve,

    Happy 4th to you.

    You’re letting facts cloud your judgment again. Guys like Sherman don’t suffer from that ailment. They ‘know’ the ‘truth’ regardless of what the facts say.

    I’d hate to see Reyes playing in another uniform, but at the same time I agree that there is a limit to what he’s worth to the Mets. I trust Alderson to get that right.

  2. Steve,

    Malusis in on WFAN right now, saying that Alderson is giving in to fan sentiment. Uh, no, Mark, you tool. Alderson said in February, “let’s see how he plays”. Alderson had little exposure to Reyes prior to this season. Alderson is doing EXACTLY what he said he’d do, and is reacting to what is happening on the field. With all due respect, those 7-Line shirts mean nothing. A .340 average, and leading the league in several offensive categories…those things mean everything.

  3. Tristram Shandy says:

    What would be wrong with giving in to fan sentiment? If re-signed Jose will put fannies in the seat, then it’s a good business decision.

  4. I don’t have the data in front of me but why are you ignoring 2003 and 2004? Whether or not he was a starter or a 2B isn’t relevant to his injury history. He only played in 50ish games in 2004. I think you’d be better looking at his percentage of total games played / total Mets games since he came into the league and comparing that to other players.

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