That’s because he’s giving up hand-shakes. Or at least he will be giving up the intricate, celebratory handshakes he used to do with his teammates. Because God forbid that anyone have fun while playing baseball.
In addition to the Mets’ championship dreams, a part of Jose Reyes’ died on that final weekend at Shea Stadium. The fun part, the dancing part. Alas, it looks like the shortstop’s celebratory handshakes, just like the one that turned the Marlins into maniacs during that doomed series, are now history.
“I’m not even thinking about that,” Reyes said Tuesday. “No more handshakes. People kept saying we got teams fired up when we did those handshakes, so now I want to focus more on baseball.”
I really don’t think that Jose Reyes’ celebrations were responsible for the epic collapse of the Mets last season, but oh well. The baseball season is quite long and boring. There’s a lot of sitting, and waiting, and traveling. I suspect Reyes will use some of that time on handshake choreography. Because what else is he going to do, knit?