Look Who’s Smiling Now

Jose Reyes of the New York Mets flashes a smile

The smile has returned to the face of Jose Reyes. A 3-for-3 day with 2 RBI and 3 stolen bases can do that.

Jose’s smile had been on hiatus for a few days — which may have been more disconcerting than the Mets’ losing streak. Everyone knew Reyes — and the Mets — had hit rock-bottom when Jose failed to run out a ground ball against the Dodgers. Jose was not smiling then.

Over the last two weeks, we’ve witnessed some of the greatness that David Wright can accomplish. Not to take anything away from David, but even at his best he cannot carry the Mets — at least, not without Jose getting things started. As goes Reyes, so go the Mets.

If Reyes’ lack of hustle — and smile — in Los Angeles signified the Mets at their worst, then Jose’s smiling face in Yankee Stadium last night is a sign of good things to come.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten June 16, 2007 at 12:53 pm
    And the typical Reyes congratualtory “handshake” was back . . .