Former New York Met Jose Reyes caused the collective baseball world to scratch its head following a tweet he sent just minutes after the decision by his former team to fire its Manager Mickey Callaway.
The tweet in question from Reyes said: "I'm happy now." The timing of this tweet, regardless of its true meaning, was not great for the former All-Star. By Reyes sending a tweet like this on such a whirlwind day for his former ball club, it will cause many people to assume that he was happy to see Callaway relieved of his duties.
And that is ultimately what ended up happening.
Reyes ended up having to clarify later in the day on Thursday that his tweet was being misconstrued, and that people were reading too much into it. His contention was that his tweet was irrelevant to the Callaway news that broke earlier in the day.
He responded by saying: "Think there is some confusion as to what I was tweeting about earlier. I had just received some good news from back home in the Dominican. That is all!"
Something about this turn of events does not add up. Why could Reyes not have tweeted about the supposed good news he received, on Friday, or in another day or so? The fact that Reyes felt inclined to tweet about the news on Thursday means that it is entirely possible that Reyes was kicking Callaway while he was down, and fired as manager of the Mets.
Reyes had some experience dealing with Callaway. He is not speaking from afar. Reyes played 118 games for the Mets in 2018, Callaway's first season with the team, and this tweet could have been a farewell to a manager that Reyes was not particularly fond of during his time back in Flushing.
The alibi from Reyes should not be believed. He knew exactly what he was doing when he decided to press send on that initial tweet. Reyes played 12 years for the Mets, a team that happens to play in the biggest media market in the country. Reyes could not pretend that he is surprised to see how the media will parse every word that he says.
The fact of the matter is that Reyes was happy to see Callaway fired by the Mets, and his first tweet demonstrated his true feelings on the former Mets manager. Reyes found himself caught up, and his clarification later in the day, was not an effective one.
Reyes, who could not find a home in the majors this season, sees that his MLB career is on life-support. This could have also been a publicity stunt by the former All-Star to get people talking about him again as he looks to play in the majors in 2020.