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The Mets to honor Jose Reyes on April 24

Apr 17, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

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You don’t see this sort of thing very often for a guy who departed after free agency. Especially a few short months after. But the Mets are doing it:

According to a team source, the Mets will acknowledge Reyes’ nine years in New York with a video tribute on April 24, before the shortstop’s Citi Field unveiling as a Miami Marlin. That game opens a three-game series.

I think it’s nice when a team acknowledges past players, no matter the circumstances of the departure. But I have this feeling someone with a column in New York is gonna think this is a problem.

  1. Jonny 5 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    For all of my friends out there who are also, unfortunately, Mets fans.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      You know.. I could have used some of that in the mid to late 90’s…

  2. mybrunoblog - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Seems kind of weird to honor a guy who voluntarily left your team after you offered him a contract…..And the WIlpon circus continues….You really can’t make this stuff up….Gee, when are the Cardinals having Pujols night?

    • paperlions - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      The Met’s offered him a contract, sure. But it wasn’t a particularly competitive offer…it was a “let’s make an offer so we can say we did when the fans get pissed that he left” offer.

      ….but yes, having a tribute is kind of stupid. Fans don’t need contrived crap. They will present their own tribute to him if they want to by standing and applauding…or not…as they see fit.

  3. dodger88 - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Nice gesture. I think the Jays did something similar when Halladay returned. As long as teams don’t go over the top it is a good move to honour those that contributed to past success even if they have moved on.

    • sasquash20 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      What did the Mets win with this loser on there team?

  4. sdelmonte - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    This is at once a class act and a somewhat cynical way to get fans to come out to the game. I guess it’s not as bad as Florida Gators Day when Tebow was playing against the Dolphins. But it’s weird.

    At the same time…let’s be honest. We loved Jose. And I for one am following his Marlins work very closely because he’s just that good. So paying him tribute is fine by me.

  5. daniel10017 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    It would have been fine if Reyes had won a World Series title with the Mets. This move by the Mets is pure desperation to get bodies in the seats. It’s pathetic. This dude left the Mets via free agency. What’s next? retire his number. I don’t care if the Mets feel good start is making news. This is just another desperate move by the Wilpons. I will not go until they sell.

  6. Jason @ IIATMS - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Guessing a large percentage of the video will be entitled “Scenes from the Training Room”.

  7. avietar - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    As of April 16, 2012:

    NYM: W7 L4
    MIAMI: W4 L6

    Jose Reyes: BA .238
    Ruben Tejada BA: .289

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      That’s a tiny sample size..

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