The days of “Los Mets” are back.
Former Mets general manager Omar Minaya’s wheeling and dealing in the mid-2000’s sparked the team’s Spanish nickname, when those Willie Randolph-managed rosters included many Latin players like Pedro Martinez, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado.
Reyes is the lone holdover Latin player from that era, but he may have had a hand in the 2.0 version of the “Los Mets,” stumping for Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes earlier this month, before the multi-tool outfielder inked a new, mega contract with the Amazin’s Tuesday.
Shortly after news of the Cespedes deal flooded Twitter, Reyes voiced his approval on his Instagram account.
Yoenis Cespedes has a tight bond with teammate Jose Reyes.
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“Happy face all around, Cespedes for president… 4 more years!! #LGM,” Reyes posted next to a split-screen image of himself and Cespedes smiling. The image appears to be a still from a FaceTime video exchange between the two players.
Earlier this month Reyes said publicly that he tried to convince Cespedes not to opt out of his three-year contract with the Mets to become a free agent.
“I mean, every team needs a player like Cespedes in your lineup, he’s a game-changer,” Reyes said Nov. 15 during a pre-Thanksgiving charitable event. “Like I said, I tried to talk to him to try to convince him to come back. That’s something I can’t control. … We (don’t) make those decisions.”
Both Reyes and Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera have provided leadership to Cespedes over last season, according to team sources. That could bode well for Terry Collins in 2017, with a good team chemistry already established in the clubhouse. Team sources say that Cabrera has a good bond with the slugger known as “La Potencia” (“The Power”), and that both Cabrera and Reyes have talked with Cespedes about being more accountable, and backing up the big dollars he is paid.
The 2006 Los Mets made it to the doorstep of the World Series before losing a gut-wrenching Game 7 of the NLCS. Reyes was on that team, and now is part of a new Latin invasion in Queens, a club that hopes to best the 2006 and 2015 Mets teams that failed to win the brass ring.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News