Before I start let me just say this way, this was my first reaction and it may look into things too much. Here we go. Reyes obviously was coerced into pulling himself out of the game to get the title. Was it by Collins or by his agent. Two days ago on WFAN, TC stated he wanted to pull out Reyes in the last game if he was ahead in the batting title. TC stated that Reyes had none of it and wanted to play it out later in the game. But yet Collins still wanted him to stay out for a while longer.
So then what changed in two days?
Simply, Reyes and his agent saw dollar signs. No longer is he just a clubhouse leader or a spark plug, now he is also a batting champ assuming Braun doesn't come up with a huge day. Guess what, he probably just added a year or two to his contract and another 10-20 million AND guaranteed himself a team's going to throw a ridiculous bid. (Think nationals and jayson werthless huge deal) If he wants money he's going to get it, and get more than he would have without the title. If he really wanted to be a met next year and accept a smaller contract do you think he would have suddenly pulled out in the FIRST AT BAT IN THE FIRST INNING? Their were complaints from several fans that arrived late and didn't even get to see him play. He didn't even run the bases to give those fans a chance to see the legs that are going to be worth over 100 million by March. He instead opted for an award, which is going to bring home the money. Think about this, had he continued and ran the bases he could have had a much bigger curtain call in the middle of the inning or later in the game. No, he rather take himself out right there and then. What would running the bases have costed him? It would not have taken away his hit from that day. The only thing it could have done was hurt his value if he got hurt running. Seems a little selfish to leave one batter in, no especially with all that's going to happen in the offseason?
Keith Hernandez said it right, this was a disappointment to the fans, who braved bad weather, two bad teams, and a meaningless game to watch one player who may have batted his last time with a Mets uniform. How'd he thank us, he did by pulling out early giving himself an award and gave himself a bargaining chip. Seems like a hell of a way to leave the fans if this is truly his last game. He may be a crowd favorite here today but imagine he signs elsewhere, thats the lasting image i'll have of Reyes, selfishly leaving the fans soaking wet watching a meaningless game, one they paid to see him play.
Two days ago he wanted the award badly but was adamant about playing the whole game rather than back into it. So all of the sudden he changed his mind almost completely and pulled himself before the mets first out?
Money will change you, lets just hope this is overreaction and not part of a strategy to land that mega deal that's going to be on the table.