- 1977 - I was a little kid but Mets Salary dumped Seaver - team would suck for years
- 1990 - Darryl Strawberry was not resigned - AGAIN team would suck for years
- 2011 - Reyes deemed to expensive and injury risk to resign - AGAIN - team will suck for years
As a free agent shortstop in his prime, Reyes was a rarity. The 28-year-old had one of the finest seasons of his nine-year Mets career in 2011, winning his first batting title and posting the fourth season in which he was worth about six wins above replacement. He has all 5 tools, he can hit, hit for power (extra bases), speed, defense, and a strong arm. For that skill set he will receive $102M over the first six years of his contract, and has a $4MM buyout on a seventh year option. Can't blame a brother for getting paid.
I'm a Met fan and everyone knows I loved but recognized Jose Reyes flaws.
as he was frequently injured and more importantly not old school approved for his on field celebration/antics. Old school veterans like Keith Hernandez hated him, most Yankee fans hated him for the Jeter SS comparisons, the Phillies hated him, hell whole the National League East hated him (ironically the Marlins tried to beat him up several times but hypocritically signed him), and finally he completely shit on the fans in his last game as a Met
This whole situation reminds me of the famous Ralph Kiner story about being traded to the Cubs. Kiner played for the last place Pirates and was clearly their best player. He went in to ask for a raise and legendary Pirate general manager Branch Rickey (notoriously cheap) told him, "We finished last with you, we can finish last without you." He was then traded. Same shit with Reyes. Met ownership is broke and committed to rebuilding. Rebuilding means you are going to suck for a while. In the long run, this is probably a good smart thing, but just the prospect of waiting a long time AGAIN hurts.
Unfortunately, Met fans have been here before, AGAIN, and AGAIN, and AGAIN.