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.

10 Responses

  1. Derrel "Jazz" Johnson

    Strongly disagree. I don’t have a problem with it. If you are saying he cheated the fans by not playing, would you say the same thing about the New York Yankees or any other team resting stars for the playoffs? We are in an era when players always attempt to go for records, or do things for personal gain, so why is that bad for Reyes? He is in the record books, and so are the New York Mets.

    • What I’m saying is that he is playing into the “Me-first” attitude that sometimes plagues our professional sports athletes. I understand at certain times, you have to think about yourself, but I just don’t think this was that time.

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  3. Lee Love

    Did he put he own personal gain ahead of his team…well yes, but he’s not the first to do that and won’t be the last. He was playing for a team that is going nowhere and had a chance to enter the record books. While on the surface that seems selfish I’m sure had the Mets been better and going for something the situation would have been different. Remember he played a lot of games and remained consistent to be in that position, by all accounts had a great season. In this me first society he’s just following what most are doing and would have done.

  4. Erin

    Once again, you nailed it. I will forever dislike Reyes now because of his ultimate selfishness.

  5. JW

    Gutless punk.

  6. Agreed. I think there’s something that’s not connecting in your brain when you come out of a game early to win a batting title and you are laughing and high-fiving with teammates in the dugout. I’d feel embarrassed to do something like that. This is where your legacy is made as a player and a person. Jose Reyes had a chance to be a man about it but he decided to take the easy way out and I think it`s kind of pathetic. The fact that Ted Williams’ manager gave Williams the opportunity not to play the double-header and he declined that opportunity shows us what type of person he is. He went 6-8 and pushed his average up to .406.

  7. 7Boss1

    Reyes is a good player but I can’t agree with that move he made yesterday. That was the ultimate its all about me moment and I’m sure he’s lost a lot of points among his peers

  8. I’m not necessarily upset he took himself out after the 1st AB, but that he BUNTED for his base hit and took himself out, if he had gotten a solid single in the hole, ok, he used his skill. Otherwise, this was bush.

  9. Great article Mike. I see both perspectives, this might be the only time he’ll have a chance to win the batting title, but ultimately, it’s the fans that he’s there to please. Also, you can’t cheat the stats and not have a chance of losing your title, if you know what I mean. Like Ted Williams, who could’ve not played, but instead played the doubleheader and went 4 for 6 and got his .406 batting average.

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