If you're looking for another reason to be excited about the future, read the article. Realize how difficult it is for somebody who doesn't speak English to not only learn the language, but speak it in public for the whole city to hear. Put yourself in Reyes' shoes for a second, and I'm not talking about getting one of those CD ROM's that teaches you how to say "Donde esta el bano?" I'm talking about learning another language well enough to not have to worry about having every syllable and every twist of the dialect and every hint of an accent judged by an entire population. Realize how scary it is for a latin player to pull that off. Notice how Reyes has not only pulled it off, but has done so with a smile as wide as a Mike Vanderjagt field goal attempt.
And then think back to Rey Ordonez learning the language, yet conveniently throwing out a "no hablo Ingles" after bad games (and most good ones). Legend has it at the end of a particularly brutal season, a reporter saw Ordonez leaving the stadium and asked him when he was going to learn to speak English, and Ordonez replied "maybe next season".
Then mastering the language in time to call Met fans stupid.
Now click your heels three times and tell yourself that there's no time like the present. Put the Rey-O days behind you and continue to make Jose Reyes one of your favorites.
"I can't use the word hate because it's too strong a word...but think of the greatest rivalries in sports. It's a little bit above that, and just short of hate." -Sweden forward Daniel Alfredsson, on the Sweden/Finland hockey rivalry.Don't get me wrong, I'm pleased as punch that Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist is a gold medal winner as Sweden beat Finland this morning on the strength of Lundqvist's goaltending, 3-2. But there's a part of me that feels a little bit for Finland, who is that matchups version of the New York Mets while Sweden would the rivalry's version of the Yankees. Little brother trying to knock off big brother.
Sure, Finland has beaten Sweden in big spots before, the 1995 World Championships, and the 1998 Olympic quarters. Just like the Mets having beat the Yankees before in key regular season games and Mayor's Trophy games (that's right I brought up the Mayor's Trophy games...and I typed those words with a straight face thank you very much). But you don't get many chances to beat your "big brother" in an Olympic gold medal game...just like you don't get a lot of chances to beat the more successful franchise in your city in a World Series, as we all know. And now, Finland hockey fans will have to live with the scarlet letter of losing to big brother on a stage as grand as it gets for at least four years.
"And then you look down and you see Sweden celebrating the gold. It's hockey, it's sports, but it sucks." -Finn forward Saku KoivuDon't I know it Saku...don't I know it.