11:22 PM EDT, September 29, 2011
Reyes is anti-baseball
In one of the greatest 24-hour stretches in baseball history, fans were treated to wall-to-wall drama.
Everywhere, players were seizing the moment. Then there's Jose Reyes, who decided to sit on his moment. He left the Mets' game after his first-inning bunt single in an effort to secure a batting title.
Reyes isn't just the anti-Ted Williams, he's anti-everything we love about baseball. Even his manager, baseball lifer Terry Collins, said he understood the jeering he heard from the crowd.
Collins reportedly was honoring a request from Reyes, so most of the blame goes to the player. On a day that reminded us why baseball is so great, Reyes and the Mets stood out for all the wrong reasons. He won a tainted title.
Disgrace and disgust
There was nothing about the way Reyes' season ended that is in the true spirit of baseball. There is so much disgrace and disgust to go around.
Reyes said he was humbled and honored to win the NL batting title, but he should be humiliated and dishonored.
He said it means so much for his family and country. Translation: It means so much to the free agent shortstop's wallet.
Mets manager Collins should be fired for allowing the move, saying he worked hard to earn the players' respect and didn't want to lose it now.
And, sadly, David Wright defended Reyes and wondered what the big deal was. The big deal is Reyes proved the game is about money, status and individual achievement.
That's playing chicken
Dave van Dyck
"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?
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We turn to Twitter.
Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer): "Seriously people — taking out a star player to preserve his batting average lead ... weak! I hope ryan braun goes 5-5 and wins the title now."
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."
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