Jose Reyes ‘is too cool for school,’ as Samuel Jackson said in Jackie Brown.
Seriously, whether it’s the hair or his smile…
… his dancing or his swagger …
… his tattoos …
… or his raw, explosive talent …
… Jose Reyes is so cool he makes me feel badly about myself.
“Jose has done more to make me a better player than anyone I’ve played with,” David Wright told Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record about Reyes. “I can’t think of what it would be like if he were gone.”
According to Klapisch, “The closer Reyes gets to free agency, the greater the likelihood of a midsummer trade.”
Look, I don’t know what the future holds for the Mets or for Jose, or if he’ll be on the team next year or even late this season. What I do know is that I love watching him play baseball. On Base Percentage, maturity, dancing, wins, losses, whatever? For me, Mets games are significantly more fun to watch when he’s on the field. And, I was reminded of that during my last week in St. Lucie , watching him in camp, where it is impossible to not notice him.
It’s easy to forget just how damn good he is at what he does, until I watch him on field, up close, just a few feet away in spring, as he does things so effortlessly that others are clearly working hard to accomplish. He’s quick, he’s fluid, he’s explosive, and he does it all with a smile on his face.
I started MetsBlog.com in 2003. Reyes entered the league a few months earlier. It’s weird to even think of doing this and not having him to write about. In 1999, when Darryl Strawberry left the Mets, I remember feeling disconnected from the team, and it started a brief period where I simply watched less baseball for a few years because it just wasn’t as fun any more. I have to think older Mets fans felt this way when Tom Seaver was traded in 1977. I wonder if life will be this way after Reyes?
Don’t get me wrong, this is not the main reason to give him too much money for too many years with a new contract. But, it is a reason, and I hope Sandy Alderson is aware of it as he evaluates Jose throughout the year.
To be honest, I hope Reyes has a ridiculous season and just blows up the back of his baseball card. I also hope that in the middle of the night, during some random day this summer, unbeknown to even the best reporter, we wake up to hear about Jose and the Mets agreeing to a long-term, fair and equitable extension. I have no idea if this is feasible. What I do know is: I’ll miss watching him play every day if he leaves – and so I’m doing my best to watch him now as much as I can.