About 25 minutes ago, the New York Mets ran out onto Citi Field for the last time in 2011. It's not exactly a packed house out there, which is reasonable of course: It's the last game of a third-straight losing season, it's not exactly a gorgeous day outside, and there's a wee bit more baseball drama going on elsewhere tonight. But still: Citi Field won't be open for Mets baseball business again until Thursday, April 5, 2012. That's a long time. You'll miss it.
The major question of the Mets' off-season will be whether or not Jose Reyes will be heading out to shortstop on that April 5, but today, the only Reyes-related question is whether or not he can hang onto the batting title. He came into today — after a two-homer night last night — one percentage point ahead of the Brewers' Ryan Braun, who didn't start last night but will tonight. If you want to catch what very well could be Reyes' last at-bat as a Met, you should not start watching late: The Mets are willing to "cheat" a little bit and take him out if he starts off 2-for-2 or something:
"I wish that I get a couple of hits right away [today] and then we see what happens," Reyes said.
In case you were wondering how badly Reyes wants to win the batting title ... know that he really, really wants to win the batting title. To the point that he's having a viewing party at his house tonight, to watch Braun.
"All my friends will probably be there, at my house," Reyes said. "If I have an opportunity to watch, a lot of my friends will be there and rooting."
So, while the rest of the baseball world is mesmerized by the Red Sox, Rays, Braves, and Cardinals, Reyes will be cheering for Ryan Braun to strike out five times. Sounds fun!
Seriously, though: In two hours, no more Mets games until April 2012. We miss it already. We really do.