In the second inning of tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, J.A. Happ was struck in the head from a line drive hit off of Desmond Jennings. He immediately collapsed, bloodied, and his teammates and medical personnel rushed to his side.
Jose Reyes isn't on the Mets anymore, but that didn't matter to any Mets fan who, last night, happened to hear or see the sound or sight we'd all become so used to over the first nine years of his career: Something bad had happened to Jose Reyes's legs.
Oh, sure. Everyone's gonna blame the kid for this. They're gonna say Alcides Escobar's foul ball was obviously playable, and that the ball boy was wrong to interfere. But come on. This one's on Rajai Davis. He could have easily made that catch had he called the kid off.
He steals bases! He can't be caught in a rundown! And ... [grunt] ... now ... [heave] ... he's ... [grunt] ... sprinting ... [gasp] ... for infield singles even when he hits the ball to the right side! [exhale] There's just no stopping Prince Fielder on the base paths. He's this generation's Rickey Henderson.