"True spirit of baseball" has nothing to do with this. A better question is what kind of spirit does it take to "chicken" your way into a batting title? Someone with a team spirit wouldn't do it, neither would someone with a true competitive spirit.
Can you imagine Ryan Braun, who was forced to play an entire game for the good of his playoff-bound team while chasing Reyes, deciding to sit out? It seems Reyes was calculating his batting average while trying to count how much a batting title would earn him in free agency this winter.
So if you're a general manager, would you pay millions for someone whose spirit revolves around himself?
We turn to Twitter.
Former major league catcher Gregg Zaun (@greggzaun): "I hope Braun gets 4 hits and wins the title tonight. Gutless move by Reyes and the Mets. Ted Williams' spirit will haunt them."