I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I read the ESPN story about Jose Reyes being angry with Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria for trading him to Toronto.
Mark Buehrle said the same thing after the trade months earlier.
“I was shocked, because Jeffrey Loria, he always told me he’s never going to trade me,’’ Reyes said. “He always called my agent and said, ‘Tell Jose to get a good place here to live.’ ’’
Reyes said he even met with Loria days before the trade and there was no mention of the trade.
Are you tearing up, yet?
Maybe everything Reyes said is true, but wasn’t there a time when he said he wanted to stay with the Mets and finish he career playing next to David Wright? There was also a time when Reyes said he would do what was best for him and the Mets would do what was best for them.
And, after signing a six-year, $106-million contract with the Marlins he never looked back on the Mets. It wasn’t a pleasant divorce for Reyes from the Mets, and also the fans here who greeted him with boos upon his initial return and mostly apathy later in the summer.
I didn’t like how the Mets and Reyes parted, and liked even less how he left Mets’ fans when he left in the first inning of the season finale to protect his batting crown.
However, Reyes let it be known there was no home-team discount and his leaving was business. Fair enough, as it was also business on the Mets’ part not to want to pay over $100 million to a shortstop with an injury history.
And, although I’m no big fan of Loria, it is his team and if he wants to tear it down and dump on the fans of South Florida that’s his issue and Marlins fans have the right to stay away. You see, the business relationship works both ways.
Reyes said he felt bad for the Marlins’ fan base because they had to suffer because of a business decision. Funny, I don’t recall him saying the same thing about the Mets’ fan base when he ditched them.
It is business, and what goes around comes around. If Reyes is so shocked, he should be mad at himself and his agent for not demanding a no-trade clause in his contract.