But something that stuck with me from Tuesday’s game was a comment from Gary Cohen during Jose Reyes’ at-bat in the eighth. He was talking about where Reyes ranks in Mets history and said - if you take away pitchers - he’s likely in the top 5.
It’s been on my mind all day and I have to say - after thinking about it and discussing it with Met experts Dave the Harness Guy and Eric the Sunday Guy, I have to say, No Way, Jose.
OK, when you talk all-time Met position players, four jump out immediately: Darryl Strawberry, Mike Piazza, Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter. I guess this is where Cohen was going, but I think Ed Kranepool, Rusty Staub, Cleon Jones, Mookie and David Wright go on that list ahead of Reyes. And if you ask me, HoJo and Maz may get the nod, too.
Ok, I know Reyes has some of the best numbers in the franchise’s history, but this is not about numbers, if it were, John Franco and Armando Bentiez would be ahead of Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell on any list.
This is about what he meant to the franchise. Listen, Jose was a great Met, very exciting, hit a lot of triples, stole a lot of bases, but he is also one of the faces of an unacheiving group that blew two division leads and lost an NLCS to an inferior opponent.
Posted: April 26, 2012 at 06:06 AM | 23 comment(s)
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