It was so fitting: I was over at my boy Hop-a-Long’s to enjoy 4th of July festivities, and what comes on Seinfeld as the rerun episodes? That’s right, the Keith Hernandez Magic Loogie episode. And why was that so fitting? As Hop-a-Long informed me, Hernandez apparently had just gotten into a fight with Jose Reyes on the team plane:
A team source described the situation aboard the plane as “very heated.” One player told The Post that he thought Reyes and the popular former Met – now an analyst for the club’s SNY TV network – were close to exchanging punches until others stepped in.
Reyes said yesterday he was angry at Hernandez after numerous friends and relatives told him Hernandez accused the Mets of “babying” Reyes during the broadcast of Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Yankees.
“Well, he’s got to get over that,” Hernandez said at the time, according to one transcript of the broadcast. “Enough babying going on now. He’s a grown man. He’s been around a long enough time. Take off the kid gloves.”
I guess Reyes threw his glove down on the ground after making an error. That’s not quite as strong as when Ted Lilly slammed his glove on the ground during the playoffs last year after giving up a home run, but still a childish act nonetheless. I’m a Reyes fan and I don’t understand all the heat he’s been taking lately. Manuel getting pissed at Reyes for not wanting to be pulled, and now Hernandez saying he’s being babied. Who doesn’t get pissed after making an error? I side with Piazza, too, who once said Hernandez is “A clueless voice from the grave.” At any rate, nice game, pretty boy!