The New York Mets seemed to be quite accommodating to a player with a lot of baggage as of late. A player, who at 33, was suspended 52 games for a domestic violence incident. A man who hit .176 in the minors in his tune-up run, and now is being installed into the lead-off spot in the lineup. Why?
The Mets are hoping for a glimpse of magic from Jose Reyes, a former 4-time All-Star. The man who once was called the “Derek Jeter” of the future in the early to mid 2000’s. He manned shortstop and had incredible speed. But he was traded to Miami in 2012 as their financial problems did not allow them to be able to keep both him and David Wright, the man he replaced at third due to injury. But the 0 for 4 he posted last night was much like starting over.
“I felt like it was my first game in the big leagues,”
It seems like the move was forced and the timing not so right. But for Reyes, he’s just happy to be playing baseball and repairing his reputation. Reyes familiarity with New York has made him feel at home especially with the fans calling out Jo-se, Jo-se. ”
When you go to your house, it doesn’t matter where you sleep,”
“You are going to feel comfortable, right?”
Reyes has owned up to his mistake and feels that he has been typecast as a certain kind of athlete-person. He feels that it does not describe him accurately. “I know there’s going to be people that are going to hate me,” Reyes said,
“I put myself in that situation.”
Reyes is trying and placing his best foot forward.
“I am going to continue to be a better man, husband, daddy, and teammate,”
Reyes exclaimed. The Mets just home he will be a better player after his re-opening night at CitiField.