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.
"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?