Jose Reyes: Loved in NY, Hated Everywhere Else

Eric BrennerAnalyst IJuly 24, 2008

As I was watching the Mets-Phillies Game last night on Comcast Sportsnet, I finally decided that I will never watch the Mets on that station ever again. It's sometimes a nice break to actually watch a game in HD instead of on my computer screen through my sling box back in NY, but after comments last night made by a Phillies announcer I may boycott the station forever.

After Jose Reyes' home run that put the Mets up 6-3, Reyes rounded the bases with his index finger pointing to the sky, a symbol possibly to thank the Lord, or to signify the Mets superiority. Once reaching the dugout, the infamous handshakes and "dances" ensued.

As a Mets fan I have become accustomed to this sight. Jose Reyes has always shown his enthusiasm for his and his teammates' play. But others seem to dislike it. Chris Wheeler, for one, provided his comments last night on Jose Reyes and his behavior.

Without a direct transcript available, his comments revolved around the fact that while it was great that Jose hit a home run for his team, all the other "crap" he does is unnecessary. The use of the word "crap" was prominently and clearly used.

Now, Jose has had issues with possibly showing up other teams with his handshakes and dugout antics in the past, but he has toned down his behavior and limited it to the dugout. But apparently other people, outside of those who watch him every day, feel the need to make somewhat "incriminating" comments.

This is who Jose is. He means no personal harm to other players, but merely has a different way of expressing his excitement. I had no problem with the way he rounded the bases; it was a big hit, and it was time for someone to stand up to these Phillies. After all, I lost count on how many times a Mets player was hit with a pitch in only two days.

Not to mention, if Jose's gestures were of religious significance, much like Fernando Tatis, then Jose most definitely deserves an apology from Mr. Wheeler.

I guess it just bothers me how much freedom some guys have on the air to say whatever they want. But being raised a Mets fan and listening to the great voices of Bob Murphy, Gary Cohen, and Howie Rose, I know those kinds of comments would never be uttered.

Despite the problems with behavior that Jose had had, I stand behind him. He's my shortstop, and I wont stand for anyone criticizing anything but his play.