ATLANTA — The Jose Reyes era is over in Flushing, but the shortstop and Mets plan to share one more memorable moment.
According to a team source, the Mets will acknowledge Reyes’ nine years in New York with a video tribute on April 24, before the shortstop’s Citi Field unveiling as a Miami Marlin. That game opens a three-game series.
Reyes, who won the first batting title in club history last season, agreed in December with the Marlins on a six-year, $106 million contract.
I don’t like it. This is too soon. Yes, the Mets and fans are moving on just fine- having a better season than Reyes’ Marlins- but we are just months removed from his dissing and betrayal of the city that loved and embraced him for so many years. If the Mets had traded him, or it he had been more gracious in his departure, I would have a problem with it. The way he left enraged many in the organization and the fanbase, and there is still tension. I know that I will never look at Reyes the same again. Maybe other Mets fans will be more forgiving.
He deserves at least a little something for his contributions to some very good teams in 2006, 2007, and 2008, but a video tribute is going just a bit too far. It’s not like he is fading away, soon to retire like Mike Piazza was when he returned to Shea as a member of the Padres. Jose is going to be around, in the division, terrorizing Mets fans for years to come with his speed and rocket arm at shortstop.
A little standing ovation is all Jose should get. A video tribute? It’s too soon.
Let me know what you think. I’m sure I’ll be in the minority on this one…