Erik Boland of Newsday quoted David Wright saying the following:
“I don’t know what [Jose Reyes is] going to do but I know what I want him to do. That’s to be to my left next year. I’ve shot him a couple text messages here and there, nothing about baseball, but I guess that’s the eternal optimist side of me is that he’ll be to my left in spring training. Hopefully, the organization values Jose maybe the way I do.”
The Mets signed Jose Reyes in August of 1999 and assigned him to the Kingsport Mets for the 2000 season.
The Mets drafted David Wright in June of 2001 and assigned him to the Kingsport Mets for the 2001 season.
Although the two did not play together for any long period of time throughout their minor league career, they did go through the Mets system together as two highly scouted, highly anticipated, and highly ranked prospects.
They have played together (on and off) for a full decade now (2001-2011).
Anyway, I’m fairly certain that the typical Major League Baseball season is around 181 days with about 19 days off.
So, imagine going to work for a full decade. Everyday, you see someone at least 181 days a year, and you stand to that person’s right, working together. Then, suddenly, that person quits.
That’s what this situation is like….
…Except a lot different, as Reyes’ decision impacts WAY more people than just David Wright.
Wright and Reyes are not best friends, but they are friends. I mean, they have to be friends. How could they not be?
I’m sure that if Reyes leaves the Mets, Wright will be concerned that he may be the next one out too. That is not how it should be. Both men should remain a part of the New York Mets for the years to come.
Hopefully they will.