Oh, and remember how Jose Reyes said he came to the Marlins because“I see the plan that they have, the great young talent that they have there in Miami, and I think it’s a good opportunity to win?” Yeah, no. Samson sort of blew up Reyes’s spot:
“[Reyes] said ‘I really want to play in Miami as long as you pay me $1 more than anyone else… I really want to make the most money I can.’”
There was a lot of outrage from the Mets fan base after Marlins Team President, Dave Samson allegedly uttered the quote that you see above. First off if Samson really did say this ( he has a history of foot in mouth disease), then he should see if Fred is willing to adopt him because that is a quote of Wilponian proportions.
Secondly I feel we Mets fans have to take a collective step back and come to grips that Jose’s loyalty was not to the team in Flushing – but to the all mighty dollar. I personally don’t blame Jose – this is a capitalist society where trying to make as much lucre is paramount and job loyalty is secondary.
I am sure that if the Mets even did send the basic framework of a contract that was close to the one he signed with the Marlins, Jose would still opt to live and play by South Beach. Did Jose feel scorned by the Mets lack of offer ? It is possible, but when you have another team sitting outside your hotel suite at 11:59 ( one minute before Jose is eligible to become a free agent) with every intention to make a hard push to sign you, those feelings of hurt and rejection dissipates rather quickly.
Look I am and will always be a fan of Reyes. He was one of the most dynamic players in Mets history. He was their spark plug and catalyst. But it is time for us to let go.
He is a Marlin now – and it’s time for fans to understand that, and move on. In the long term it is the best way to keep our memories of Jose’s days as a Met as positive as possible.
And with that said … HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets spot starter/middle reliever from ’62-’64, Willard Hunter is 78 (1934).
The New York Mets released outfielder, Gene Woodling on March 8, 1963. In his lone season with the Mets, Woodling played in 81 games and batted .274 with 5 homers and 24 RBIs.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve first baseman, Brian Daubach on March 8, 2005. Brian appeared in 15 games as a Met, batting .120 with one homer and three RBIs.
Mo Vaughn is all about the Carvel Nutter Butter sundaes !!!