While the story here is obviously Jose Reyes and his chase for the first batting title in New York Mets team history, it’s hard to not at least mention the fantastic two-hit shutout fired by Miguel Batista this afternoon in the Citi. Oh, by the way, the Mets won 3-0 (box score) on strength of an RBI single from Nick Evans and the first career major league homer from Mike Baxter. And after the game, tossed their hats into the crowd behind the dugout to thank those die-hard fans who’ve been with them all season. Note to the Mets Organization: Vinny Cartiglia will provide you with the mailing addresses for hats that will be “tossed” to the Metszilla staff. Thanks.
Ok, now let’s talk batting title…
Reyes is now sitting at a .337 average and is in the lead for the National League batting crown going into the Brewers game tonight. Braun would need to go 3-4 or better to overtake Reyes and deny the Mets their first ever batting title. He raised his average with an excellent first inning bunt single, video courtesy of an earlier tweet:
First off, there was all sorts of outrage about Jose Reyes being pulled from the game after his first inning bunt single in today’s game. Twitter was full of comments about how pulling Reyes early was a “weak” way to potentially win the title. Then there was a fair share of responses talking about how others have done that in the past (Bernie Williams in 1998), and that Ryan Braun didn’t play last night until AFTER Reyes had accumulated a few hits. While those are all true, and I truly don’t think sitting Reyes was terrible, had I had tickets to today’s game I would have been pissed too. But, I would have been pissed because I may have just seen the end of Jose Reyes in a Mets uniform, and just like that, it was over.
I’m not pissed about Terry Collins pulling Reyes when he did, BUT, I am pissed about the way that Reyes exited, by that I mean the reception Reyes received when he left. Now, why did he get a weak reception when he left the game? Because NO ONE was expecting Reyes to leave THAT early, and it took the crowd by surprise. If Terry Collins wanted to pull Reyes he should have been more deliberate about it in an attempt to give the Mets fans a real chance to show Jose their appreciation for his season, and potentially his Mets career. Although the fans eventually found opportunities to chant for Jose, especially in the ninth while Miguel Batista was shutting down the Reds for the final inning. I have to give credit to those fans that stuck around and chanted for Reyes, because if Jose stays it’ll be because of what these types of fans provide. It’s about the pride in being a Mets fan, no matter how weird that may sound to those non-Mets fans, that’ll get Reyes to come back.
Interestingly, in his post game interview Terry Collins said that Jose Reyes wanted to be lifted from the game if he got on early in the game and Collins gave Jose what he asked for. Collins then broke down crying during the post game interview when discussing the fans reactions to the pulling of Reyes and Wright. Collins broke down, also, because of pride in his guys. I guess, it’s nice to see a softer side of Terry Collins, but we all know what Tom Hanks would say “There’s no crying in baseball.”
This was another tough season for the Mets who finished with two less wins than they did a season ago, but there were things to be proud of, and things to be excited about going forward. Hopefully a year or so from today, we’ll be talking about a better season for the team and a better season out of Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, Mets third baseman David Wright, and the rest of the Mets players…
Let’s go Mets.
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