Today is "Jose Reyes Day" at Citi Field because it's the first time Jose Reyes will be playing at Citi Field as a member of the Miami Marlins, whom he signed a six-year, $100 million contract with in the offseason. So far, Reyes has gotten off to a cold start, but assuming he stays healthy, he will likely get back to being the best leadoff hitter in the game and baseball's best shortstop whose name is not Troy Tulowitzki.
Twitter has become one of the, if not the biggest website for up-to-the-second media updates, and it's no surprise that fans, current and former teammates, and of course, media personalities have put in their insights on Twitter about "Jose Reyes Day".
Here are just 10 of the "Jose Reyes Day" Twitter posts of the day.
1. "Jose Reyes Day when he's on the Marlins isn't as awkward as celebrating Shea Stadium six minutes after worst collapse in baseball history."
This was tweeted by Bill (5states). As much as most Mets fans would simply hate to read this statement, it is simply the truth. Yes, seeing Jose Reyes in a Marlins uniform will take some time to adjust to for at least the next six years.
However, the Mets' September 2008 collapse during the last days of Shea Stadium was even more awkward. When the Mets lost their final game of that year, they followed it up by having all the great former Mets walk onto the field and give one last curtain call to the fans. It was very bittersweet for anyone who watched it and something the Mets were hoping to not go through.
2. "I was going to attend Jose Reyes day, but I got injured, will miss a bunch of games, and won't ever reach my potential."
This was tweeted by Jason Boland (thejasonboland). It perfectly sums up the negative portion of Reyes' time with the Mets. He of course had some injuries to deal with in 2003, 2004 and 2009. Some fans felt that Reyes never reached his full potential until 2011 because injuries had simply gotten in the way of some of his seasons. Reyes' injury history could also be a reason why the Mets chose to not bring him back.
3. "It's so fitting that the day Jose Reyes returns to Citi Field the #Mets send two more players to the DL."
This was tweeted by Eddie Martinez (eddiexty). This, of course, is another Jose Reyes-related tweet that has to do with his injury history. It may sound funny to some, but at the same time, other fans may get annoyed that had Reyes not gotten hurt as much as he did, his time with the Mets could have been even better.
4. "Today is the day that Jose Reyes returns to Queens. It is also the ONE Met game I will be going to this season."
This was tweeted by Nick Mougis (nickmougis). Some may find this funny because the Mets are not expected to contend for the postseason this year, which may get some people to think that this season will be a waste. Most Mets fans would probably not feel the exact same way, but it is completely understandable to feel like this, granted that the Mets have not been in the postseason since 2006 and have not had a winning record since 2008.
5. "I really couldn't care less about Jose Reyes' return tomorrow. I stopped caring the day he signed with Miami."
This was tweeted by Kelly Lake (kellyl1332). This is a very rational statement that many Mets fans could agree with. While Mets fans will certainly miss Jose Reyes' contributions to the team for the nine years he spent in New York, fans certainly need to move on and not try to hold onto the past for too much longer. Ruben Tejada has gotten off to a pretty good start this year, so maybe he can create some magic of his own.
All in all, Reyes has moved on, the Mets have moved on and all Mets fans need to move on as well.
6. "For Jose Reyes day tomorrow, the Mets are giving away lineup cards so you can remove yourself after your 1st at bat."
This was tweeted by Joe Friel (joetweetslife). This was in reference to the final game of the 2011 season in which Jose Reyes removed himself from the game after an infield single in the first inning. Many fans and critics called this move to be cowardly and unsportsmanlike. Although Reyes did end up winning the 2011 NL batting title, he had to take a lot of heat for removing himself from the final game.
7. "Its Jose Reyes day as mgmt has decided to honor a player who never won anything for us and left to go to our division rival."
This was tweeted by John P Targia (Johnp5167). While Jose Reyes has been by far the best shortstop in Mets history, it is true that he never won a championship during his time in New York, and yes, he did sign with a division rival this past offseason. As a result, there are reasons to honor Reyes, but also reasons to not honor Reyes in a particular manner.
8. "Who really cares about Jose Reyes day."
This was tweeted by Danny B (DanfromAstoria). Jose Reyes was the best shortstop so far in Mets history, and his impact on the Mets from 2003-2011 was very significant. However, it should never become a distraction because the current team still has games to play, and everyone should be focusing on that alone.
9. "I know its jose reyes day at citi but do u think the Mets can slip in a quick highlite pkg & happy 40th birthday msg for Chipper."
This was tweeted by Lenny Thomas (DragonGateLenny). This tweet may have been posted as a result of the much-publicized talk of Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones getting a farewell tribute from the Mets, being that he is in his final professional season. Basically, these tributes are a distraction, and people need to focus on the on-field play.
10. "Jose Reyes day at Citi or Revis Holding out? Who you got."
This was tweeted by Jim Lynch (jimlynch1677). Both "Jose Reyes Day" and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis potentially holding out once again are distractions for their respective teams. These distractions are so silly that they are laughable to many fans. The question pretty much asks which of the two is more important and should receive more attention. The simple answer is that neither should be considered important because they are irrelevant to what happens on the field.