10/19/06 1:29 AM ET
Catalytic Reyes lights up New York
Mets leadoff hitter provides big spark in Game 6
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
Reyes had been relatively quiet through the first five games of the series, hitting .261 with a double, a triple and three runs scored. He hadn't even attempted to steal a base, which is odd for a man who led the Majors with 64 thefts.But with everything on the line, Reyes brought all of his talents, all of his desire, and all of his passion to Shea Stadium. "I've said it many, many times -- he's our catalyst, our igniter," Randolph said. "He gets us going and kick-starts us, and as Jose goes, we go. His energy is infections, and we love him for that." Not content to go deep on one of the game's best pitchers, Reyes stole a base in the third but was stranded; singled in the fifth; singled again in the seventh and stole his second base of the night, scoring on Paul Lo Duca's two-run single. And those two runs were enormous when Billy Wagner gave up a pair in the ninth before sending everybody home. "My teammates told me [Wednesday] I have to get on base," Reyes said. "I said, 'Every time I get on base, something good is going to happen.' "I was able to get on base a lot, and the most important thing [is], we [won] the game." Reyes said he didn't feel a burden to make things happen, knowing that mental trap is the surest way to make nothing happen. "No, I don't put that kind of stuff in my mind," he said. "I just try to get to the batter's box, get comfortable and try to go from there. I just try to put the ball in play and use my speed, so that's all that matters." Speed kills -- especially when it comes in a package of talent that soars the way Reyes' talent soars.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.