Voice of Unreason

You may have seen the Village Voice this week featuring Jose Reyes on its cover and a provocative “Stealing Mickey’s Mantle” headline. Inside, Allen Barra’s article draws parallels between Reyes and Mantle, noting they shared a city, switch-hitting and stealing ability, a reputation as their era’s most exciting players, and of course, a uniform number (7).

If we going down that path though (and clearly Barra is) I’d sooner associate a pair of 5s in David Wright and Joe DiMaggio. And though he raises some interesting points, Barra ultimately bungles the story by getting the Met psyche all wrong:

If José Reyes is being overrated, it may be in large part because Mets fans want to will him into being the first truly great everyday player in team history.

This notion, central to the piece — the subhed says as much — would come off more believable had Barra bothered to include any points of view from an actual Met fan as part of the piece. (Had he asked a year ago, he’d have caught many of us hoping only that Reyes approach adequateness). But having built a case for Met fans being tortured and unrealistic, Barra then gets a guy who draws paychecks from the YES network (Goldman) to poke holes in his own trumped-up theory. (Oh, you poor delusional Met fans. Someone must show you tough love). Finally the entire thing is wrapped way too tightly in Yankee perspective: The Mantle comparison is one thing, but the nauseating Jeter showdown at the end is barely even honest (we get a “similar points in their career” comparison strongly favoring Jeter when comparing like-ages would tell a very different story). Bring back Billy Altman!

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    comments from old site

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Mon, 01/21/2008 – 11:59am.
    The Mets website updated its roster. Sele is wearing #35 and Smith is still wearing #70.

    Maybe Smith wants to keep the “quirky” #70. It certainly would be pretty cool to have #60 and #70 waiting in the bullpen!

    Comment by Richard :: March 30, 2007 @ 5:18 pm |
    Sorry, wrong blurb. Meant to do it in the one above this.

    Comment by Richard :: March 30, 2007 @ 5:21 pm |
    Sele will wear #41. Also Fernando Tatis (released by the Dodgers) was wearing #88, Migeul Negron (released by the Cardinals) was wearing #94, and Jose Castro was wearing #87

    I’m proud to join the Miraclemets.net team, check us out over the next few days for previews

    Comment by Michael Grimaldi :: March 31, 2007 @ 2:01 am |
    Sele shall not wear 41.

    Comment by mbtn01 :: March 31, 2007 @ 4:37 am |
    Are you a Mets fan Michael Grimaldi? I guess not b/c you would know #41 is retired in honor of the greatest pitcher in Mets history and a hall of famer, Tom Seaver.

    Comment by Richard :: March 31, 2007 @ 10:06 am

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