Jose Reyes is out. Didn’t see that one coming. Call me optimistic.
But what’s done is done and it’s time to move on and figure out how we’re going to trudge through April without Reyes and Beltran.
I just read Adam Rubin’s Daily News post profiling Ruben Tejada. Let’s give this guy a chance. He’s not the no-tool liability that Alex Cora is. I’d much rather give this guy a shot at holding down Fort Reyes than that “clubhouse presence” the Mets stupidly paid $2 million for.
Alex Cora should take a page from Coach Gordon Bombay’s playbook in the 90’s Disney classic D2: The Mighty Ducks. Bombay’s too old and can’t hack it in the minors (he did get his knee “hacked” but that’s another story, he still sucked), so he goes back to coaching and leads Team USA to gold at the Junior Goodwill Games. In the original Mighty Ducks movie, the child Gordon Bombay fails to score a goal in a shootout. His coach told him he let the whole team down. He should’ve given up for good. Thirty years later his comeback attempt would be derailed by a knee injury. (At least the Minnesota Waves front office let him get immediate knee surgery!) So without further ado, here’s the clip of Gordon’s failed “triple deke.”
Cora would make an excellent bench coach… but we seriously can’t consider him an everyday shortstop. Not after all those base hits we saw squeak through his glove last season. Let’s let the kid play.
I just hope the 2-8 week timetable they gave Reyes ends up on the shorter end so when I’m at the April 24th game against the Braves, we can start a “Jose, Jose, Jose, Jose” chant in our section. No really, I’m serious. That’s what matters the most to me.