As our friend Matt Cerrone notes this morning, Jose Reyes appeared on SNY with Kevin Burkhardt last night, and looked as though he wished the season would start tomorrow.
Jose was very optimistic, and reminded the fans of how much he loved the game. He feels as though he can hit 20 triples in Citi.
As Mr. Cerrone wisely notes, next year is huge for Jose, as the Mets hold an option on him for 2011.
Despite the season he had last year, which Jose said was unlike anything he had ever seen for a team injury-wise, he is very eager to show the fans how much he cares and how hard he will try to get the Mets right back into contention.
When one takes a look at Joseâ€™s seasons from 2006â€”2008, he was unquestionably one of the gameâ€™s most valuable and productive players. He hits pretty well average-wise, has good power for a player his size, his OBP improved greatly from his early years, and his fielding, speed, aggressiveness and overall ability to make things happen were sorely missed in 2009.
A return to form from a possibly maturing Jose is one of the many reasons Met fans have to be optimistic as 2010 looms. This space feels great that Jose remains a Met and was not traded for Halladay or anyone else. For many of us, it seems as though we have been following Jose foreverâ€”incredibly, he will not turn 27 until next June. This is a very, very good player who most certainly still retains the potential to become even better than he was in 2006â€”2008. Joseâ€™s OBP improved tremendously from 2004â€”2006, and this might indeed show that other facets of his game can improve as well, and go from really good to HOF levels. We should all be grateful that Jose is a Met, and looking forward to another excellent season from him should warm the heart of even the most cynical Met fan.