MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

What Is Baseball For? Jose Reyes, MLB, and America’s Pastime

I’ve written for the internet a fair bit—fiction, memoir, literary criticism, theater and movie reviews, controversial takes on religion, disability, and politics—but nothing has attracted trolls like quite like my sportswriting. I’ve been attacked for calling a player’s .168 batting average “lackluster,” for being too optimistic about the Mets, for not writing an article about […]

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies

No Way, Jose Reyes

On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Mets were seriously considering bringing back embattled shortstop Jose Reyes–one of the team’s most popular and productive players during the 00s–to fill the team’s offensive and infield void. While this might normally be newsworthy for baseball reasons, Reyes’s actions off the field have made him a well-deserved target of […]

MLB: World Series-Kansas City Royals at New York Mets

The Mike Piazza Jersey Foul

If you’ve listened to New York sports talk radio over the past few days, the predominant topic of discussion hasn’t been Noah Syndergaard’s dominance or the cold rain that forced the postponement of Opening Day in the Bronx. It’s been the decision by the Mets–made several years ago but only disclosed last week–to sell the […]