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Batting “Champ”?? Really?!?!?!

In Sports on September 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

by:  Eric Buenning

When you look back on the records for the 2011 baseball season, it will read that Jose Reyes won the National League batting title with a .337 average.  However, you could say he is anything but a champion.  I am pissed. Let’s rant.

 

Going into the last day of the season, Reyes held a small lead over Ryan Braun for the highest average.  In the first inning of the Mets’ game against the Reds, Reyes bunted for a single.  That’s already questionable as is.  However, he showed his true colors after the hit when he took himself out of the game, protecting his crown.  I repeat, HE TOOK HIMSELF OUT OF THE LAST GAME OF THE YEAR SO THAT HE COULD WIN THE BATTING TITLE.

…?!?!?!?!

This isn’t about me rooting for Ryan Braun.  This is about an individual putting himself above the game, the team, and the loyal Mets fans.  Did I forget to mention that this was possibly his last game as Met?  My bad.  Imagine if you will, you bring your kids/family to the ballpark yesterday, knowing that you won’t be making the playoffs, but that you will at least get to see your favorite players play the game they respect and love one last time until April.  Then your best player takes himself out; not to rest himself for the playoffs.  Nope.  Your (probable) last image of him in your team’s uniform is him leaving the game to protect a title that doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things.  I mean….wouldn’t you be pissed???

Reyes said that he was merely trying to insure that he brought the franchise it’s first batting champion.  Bullshit.  That’s a clever way to spin it, but here is the message he is sending:  I’ve given this city a year to remember, but I don’t want to fight till the bitter end for it.  Do Mets fans really want that guy representing them??

Where is the respect for the game, too?  Yeah, Ryan Braun went 0-for-4 yesterday, so it technically doesn’t matter.  But Braun was out there battling (yes, they had something to play for, but still).  Why couldn’t Reyes show his competitive nature by sticking the whole game out? Maybe Reyes only cares about getting what he wants (he wants a huge contract, too), and then quits.

Whatever Jose Reyes claims his intentions were, one thing is for sure.  He is NOT a real champion.

 

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