Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 4/26/12



The first of anything that Jose Reyes does against the Mets can be pretty jarring. Take Wednesday, when Omar Infante crushed a home run off R.A. Dickey to make the score 1-0. Who do you think was waiting for Infante at the top step with a choreographed handshake? That's right, Reyes.

Now I've been the guy who has spent years defending the choreography. So I'm not going to be the one to do a 180 ... certainly not like the Marlins, who made it a point to rally around the Mets antics to get themselves pumped up to knock them out of the playoffs in 2007, only to cite Reyes' exuberance as one of the things they liked about him. But boy, watching Reyes dance with Infante was like Jack Parkman's shimmy driving the girls in Cleveland wild as an Indian, only to make them puke when he was a White Sock. It almost short circuited my brain.

But the other first for Reyes as a Marlin against the Mets made me smile: His first gift for the Mets, throwing a double play ball clear over Mark Buehrle's head to keep the inning alive for David Wright so he could hit a go ahead home run in the sixth (and break Darryl Strawberry's club RBI record). That helped make the sting of Reyes wearing that McDonald's outfit a little less ... stinging. (Thanks for the gift.) But there was one thing about Reyes that I noticed on Wednesday over all else:

Look at this over to the right. His beads. He's wearing blue and orange beads. Awwwwwww, how sweet. He misses us.

Either that or he's mocking us. Damn you Jose, Jose Jose Jose!!!

Well thanks to Jose's giving mood (and his incredibly sinking batting average), the Mets have taken the first two games of this series against the Marlins by winning 5-1. Wright's record setter, R.A. Dickey's strong start (amazing how good a knuckleball can be when you aren't forced to grip it in a waterfall) set the pace and put the Mets in a position to sweep Jose and his Technicolor Dreamcoats on Thursday. And to be honest, nothing would do my heart more good than that. There would be nothing better than sweeping the Marlins the same weekend that the Mets show their fans that they're serious about winning by bringing back Brad Emaus. Now that's a message.

If you're going to the game tomorrow (instead of going to the first day of the Mets 50 Year Celebration at Hofstra University, which is also a good choice), the only thing I ask is to save at least some of your boos for Hanley Ramirez. I know it's fun to boo former Mets, but remember: Hanley was the one who said he hated the Mets. And he wasn't wearing no blue and orange beads last night, so screw him. And boo him. (And boo Austin Kearns too. Just for fun.)

By the way, if you ever eat some spoiled meat and need to induce vomit to make yourself feel better, just come back here and look at this picture:

 

It makes the girls in Flushing want to puke.


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