In a season that had a lot of disappointments and injuries, the New York Mets and their fans should be looking for some bright spots from this season.
Shortstop Jose Reyes was the offensive catalyst in the first half of the season. Despite not having David Wright, Ike Davis or Johan Santana, he was able to provide a spark from the leadoff spot that spread to the rest of the lineup. Although he had two stints on the disabled list that really hurt the team offensively, the Mets would have not even been relevant if it wasn't for him.
In today's game against the Cincinnati Reds, Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single in the first inning. That put his average to .33706 for the season, which is almost three points higher than the Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, who is currently at .33452 with one game to go against the Pittsburgh Pirates later tonight. Reyes did this so he would be in good position to win the batting title today. Braun has to go at least 3-4 today if he wants to take the batting title away.
There are going to be numerous references to Ted Williams and how 70 years ago today he risked his .400 batting average going into a double header. Williams ended up going 6-8 that day and ended up batting .406 for the year.
People are saying that he is not respecting the integrity of the game. Honestly, the "integrity" of the game was lost during the steroid era so people can talk about Ted Williams or even "Willie, Mickey and the Duke" all they want.
In the last game of the season and with nothing on the line for the team, I believe it's completely understandable and justified to be more conscientious of individual accomplishments. Considering the insignificance of the game why wouldn't the team want one of their star players to achieve this goal? Manager Terry Collins' willingness to understand his star shortstop really shows Reyes that he will always have someone who will back him up.
Reyes will watch the Brewers game today with family and friends to see how Ryan Braun fares. He will find out later tonight whether he wins the batting title or not. Whether you win it or not, enjoy the game Reyes because after this year, you deserve it.