Jose Reyes to the Marlins: The Conflicting Emotions of A Miami-Residing Mets Fan

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I was in the stands at Shea Stadium in 2006 when Endy Chavez, God bless his tiny heart, made this heroic catch in the NLCS' Game 7 to seemingly seal the Mets' glorious destiny.

That was the last time I've ever experienced joy. Three innings later, Carlos Beltran was frozen by an Adam Wainwright curveball that ended the Mets' season. The team has been on a Scott Storch-caliber fall from grace ever since, marked by incredible late-season meltdowns and a mess of firings and disastrous contracts and Bobby Bonilla and a Ponzi scheme. Then I moved from my hometown of New York to South Florida.

Now Jose Reyes-- our lovely Jose Reyes-- has been signed for $100-million-plus over six years by an alleged team calling itself the Miami Marlins. This has sent me on a Hamlet-esque spiral of emotions. A mental log of coming to terms with this sad new reality:

I am the one true victim of Bernie Madoff. The Mets "invested" in ol' Bernie-Pants' money machine. The team now claims to be losing $70 million a year, which is why they had no chance at keeping Reyes. Forget those families that lost their entire life savings. I just lost the only dude in the majors who grins as he legs out a triple.

At least the Mets still have Bobby Bonilla. Though "Barry Bonds' Ineffectual Left Testicle," as he was affectionately called throughout his playing career, left the Mets in 1999 and the Major Leagues two years later, the world's dumbest interest-laden contract will pay him $1.5 million annually until 2036. Which explains a lot about the Mets' financial predicament. If the front office was utterly fleeced by baseball's most mediocre outfielder, what chance did it stand against history's greatest con artist?

Who the hell am I going to root for? I have never loved a fellow more carnally -- in a baseball sense -- than Jose Reyes. He was the man I regularly stalked in Queens. Watching him play in Little Havana is going to be like walking in on my lifelong crush having sex with another man. Who is wearing a lot of Ed Hardy. Eighty-one times a year. And whenever I accidentally turn on FSN, it'll be like watching a heartbreaking sex tape. The Mets are so utterly miserable that there's no blaming Reyes for leaving. I don't think I can bring myself to root against him. Maybe I need to don a Marlins cap, sunglasses and a fake mustache, Bobby Valentine-style?

The Mets just went from having at least the second-greatest shortstop in baseball to starting the second-greatest Tejada in baseball. What I'm trying to say here, is that Ruben Tejada -- he of the .256 batting average over 544 career at-bats -- is the Mets' new starting shortstop. The Marlins, meanwhile, have Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes, which is kind of like if Led Zeppelin hired Jimi Hendrix and was like, "Yeah, we know we have that Jimmy Page guy already, we'll figure it out in March." Mets fans living in South Florida -- which, judging from the turnout when the team plays the Marlins here, is 78-percent of all local baseball fans -- will be daily forced to face facts: We are now groupies of a frontman-less The Experience.

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Fat Hand
Fat Hand

How did I get on the Village Voice website? Can't wait for the NBA to start so we can get a bunch of columns about hating the Heat. Anybody in the New Times offices like the local teams?

Aaron
Aaron

DUDE! Really? The Miami Marlins sign Jose Reyes, a player considered to be the "greatest in the world" by some, in a move to show the deeper commitment to South Florida baseball fans that we've been patiently waiting for, and we get an article on the New York Mets? Like......dude! Can you please suck a little bit more? And please relocate yourself and the rest of the MIAMI New Times staff to the Northeast.

Jim Camp
Jim Camp

Is there any doubt in your mind who you are cheering for ? I've been a Phillies fan from day 1. Sorry, they could go as bad as the season that Steve Carlton won more games by himself than the rest of the staff combined. If you are questioning which team you are supposed to be for, you might as well be a band wagoner and love the team that wins it all every season ? You don't need me to tell you that if you wanted to pick a team that won 27 championships from NYC, you selected the wrong one. As far as the Yankees go, I take the rest of MLB baseball against them.

GusGarciaRoberts
GusGarciaRoberts

I'm rooting for the Mets. I'm just doing some existential wallowing.

Aaron
Aaron

Then write somewhere else! What do you call someone who 'wallows existentially' about how much better Pepsi is while working for the Coca-Cola plant in Atlanta?.....a GusGarciaRoberts

Aaronjalvero
Aaronjalvero

Let me get this straight: Neither of you see anything strange about GusGarciaRoberts passing a diary entry as Miami sports news in the Miami New Times?

Joe: I love Dehli's. I can't get enough Dehli's. Can you recommend a good Dehli's? I like a Dehli's almost as much as I like New Delhi, but not as much as Miami New Times writers dislike Miami.

GusGarciaRoberts: You wouldn't be annoyed if someone worte an article for the Village Voice about how awesome it is that Jose Reyes signed with the Marlins? You wouldn't think that such an article would be better suited for the aforementioned diary?

Joe...
Joe...

Aaron do you also get enraged when you pass by any number of New York style Dehli's, bagels, music, etc?  When you see a couple enjoying NY style sandwiches to you stop and yell at them to be loyal and enjoy some cocaine and cuban food?  People in Miami are from other places too.  Deal with.

GusGarciaRoberts
GusGarciaRoberts

I think the problem here is that I'm not an empty cipher of pro-Miami information. Like Pinocchio said, I'm a real boy.

Aaronjalvero
Aaronjalvero

Here's how journalism works: people pay for ad space, you reciprocate with information on events and news that is relevant. Miamians pay for the ad space. Instead of relevant news and information, you give us this? What is wrong with you?

GusGarciaRoberts
GusGarciaRoberts

Yeah, but I don't work for the Marlins. If I lived in Atlanta I could still like Pepsi and write about my love of Pepsi for the local alt-weekly, AARON.

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