Reyes upset with Hernandez's remarks
Shortstop, broadcaster have words on Mets' charter flight
PHILADELPHIA -- Remarks made by Keith Hernandez during the telecast of a Mets game on Sunday irritated Mets shortstop Jose Reyes to such a degree that the two argued during the team's charter flight from New York to St. Louis that night. The New York Post reported as much in its Friday edition.
The newspaper account said Hernandez and Reyes had to be separated and that the incident became "very heated." However, a number of players said Friday they were unaware when it occurred. Some were unaware of it until the Post story Friday morning.
"I think 90 percent of us didn't know anything happened," one player said.
But something did. Hernandez and Reyes acknowledged as much Friday afternoon.
Reyes had become angry about a remark made by the former Mets first baseman that had been relayed to him by "numerous friends and relatives" about the club "babying" the 25-year-old shortstop.
Hernandez's comment -- the Post quoted a transcript of the CW11 telecast -- was prompted by Reyes' reaction to a throwing error he committed in the seventh inning of the Mets' 3-1 victory against the Yankees on Sunday. After he had slammed his glove to the ground, Hernandez said, "Well, he's got to get over that. Enough babying going on now. He's a grown man. He's been around a long enough time. Take off the kid gloves."
The newspaper said Reyes approached Hernandez on the charter. One player who was aware of the situation said it was brief and not at all animated.
Reyes' comments before the game Friday were: "When you make an error, you are not supposed to feel happy. I tell you that's why I threw my glove down. I don't know if he understood that. It's his job. He said he was doing his job. I said, 'Whatever you say, that's what people are going to think about me, the people are watching the game at home.'"
Hernandez's remark wasn't about the error, but Reyes' reaction to it.
The paper reported Reyes characterized the incident thusly: "He got his point [across] and I got mine. I'm not too happy with the way he's been talking." He said Friday: "I feel like I had to say something to him ... it's over, man. It's in the past."
The Post quoted Hernandez as having said, "I wouldn't say 'confronted.' We had a conversation. 'Confront' is not the word. I've had several conversations with players over my career. Jose and I are fine. It was not a confrontational conversation, [but] what went on with our conversation is between Jose and I. If he told you, that's his choice."
Hernandez said little else Friday.
"I don't want to be a distraction," he said. "This is a big series [against the Phillies]. Hopefully, it's a dead issue.
"I have a job to do. It will go on the way it goes on."
Reyes told the newspaper he had thrown his glove out of anger at himself and not in an effort to show up first baseman Carlos Delgado, who appeared to have a chance to catch the throw and did not do so.
"A lot of people told me [of Hernandez's remark], and that's no good," Reyes was quoted as having said. "I was mad at myself because I make an error in that situation. It makes me mad, because [Hernandez] played the game, too. He knows it is not an easy game. And he knows when you make an error, you are supposed to feel bad."
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.