Consider the following : a throwing error by Jose Reyes — a ball at least one broadcaster thought Carlos Delgado should’ve caught — made no impact whatsoever on the outcome of the Mets’ 3-1 win over the Yankees last Sunday afternoon. An equally poor toss by Derek Jeter — albeit while avoiding the sliding J.D. Drew — had a direct impact on the outcome of the Yankees’ 7-0 defeat to the visiting Red Sox last night.
Guess which New York shortstop caught more heat? The New York Post’s Bart Hubbach reports the glove-slamming Reyes sought an audience with one of his more vocal critics — at 30,000 feet (link swiped from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory)
Jose Reyes and Keith Hernandez had to be separated on the Mets’ charter plane Sunday night after a tense confrontation over Hernandez’s critical comments about the All-Star shortstop.
A team source described the situation aboard the plane as “very heated.” One player told The Post that he thought Reyes and the popular former Met – now an analyst for the club’s SNY TV network – were close to exchanging punches until others stepped in.
Reyes said yesterday he was angry at Hernandez after numerous friends and relatives told him Hernandez accused the Mets of “babying” Reyes during the broadcast of Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Yankees at Shea Stadium.
“He got his point [across] and I got mine,” Reyes, when asked to describe the confrontation, told The Post before he drove in three runs in the Mets’ 11-1 victory over the Cardinals last night. “I’m not too happy with the way he’s been talking.”
According to one account, strongly denied by both Reyes and Hernandez, what set Reyes off during the flight was when Hernandez allegedly responded to Reyes’ concerns by saying: “I was just doing my job – you should do yours.”
“I was mad at myself because I make an error in that situation. It makes me mad, because [Hernandez] played the game, too. He knows it is not an easy game. And he knows when you make an error, you are supposed to feel bad.”
Reyes and Hernandez emphatically denied they nearly came to blows, with Hernandez insisting testily that it be described as “a conversation” instead.
“I wouldn’t say ‘confronted,’ ” Hernandez said brusquely when approached in the team’s broadcast booth at Busch Stadium last night. “We had a conversation. ‘Confront’ is not the word.”
I was in the Bronx last night for Jon Lester’s gem against the Yanks, and lost track of how many “18-1” tees the locals were wearing. It’s cool they’ve got football season to look forward to, and I do hope the vendor flogging “Big Papi Has A Tiny Pee-Pee” shirts is willing to donate one for a time capsule.