So, Met fans think that the return of Jose Reyes is going to turn things around. News flash…he has never played the hot corner. So why does Met management believe he will man the position as well as David Wright did. Ok, so maybe the current David didn’t play the position as well as the old one. But not that long ago the classy Wright played that position at almost all star caliber. I’m not saying he is not capable of playing well for them but if you listen to Met fans on local New York radio you would think, it’s the second coming of Christ. Christ did not beat up women.
Last night Reyes was back at Citi Field as a Met for the first time since that day, hitting leadoff and playing third base, not far from where the last ball he hit as a Met stopped on the infield grass. Yes, if you remember it was a bunt. There he was sprinting safely to first base for his 181st hit of the year. Just as quickly, Reyes exited the game to protect his first, and only, batting title. It was hardly the most courageous way to beat out every other batter in the National League, and it left many baseball people unsure of what to make of it. His behavior off the field was similarly… cowardly. Now the hero is back. Reyes’s second act with the Mets began much like the first one ended, with an air of uncertainty on how it should be assessed.
Reyes was cheered heartily by fans, many of whom stood and recited the popular “Jo-se, Jo-se” chant. How so we forget. (It turned out to be a quiet night for him. He went 0-4 and did not touch the ball). I am shocked how most fans reacted, forgetting the despicable act that got him suspended. Domestic violence kills thousands of women every year and it's time professional sports actually takes it seriously. Sadly, they don’t, and apparently nor do the fans. The Yankees brought back Chapman and the Mets brought back Reyes. Neither took it seriously.
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