Jose Reyes and Curtis Granderson did NOT play like OLD MEN last night.
Jose Reyes is actually not old, as he does not even turn 34 until next month, but he played like he was through April 22, when his batting average was not I-95, but .095, and with zero RBIs.
Since then, though, the real Jose has stepped up - way up. He's gone 12 for 34, with 3 homers and TEN RBIs.
Curtis Granderson is also, truth be told, not old, having only recently turned 36, but he had played REALLY old.
Last night he faced ancient, 43 year old Bartolo Colon (1-3, 6.27 in 6 starts), and Grandy realized "hey, now THAT GUY IS OLD, NOT ME", and went 2 for 5 with 3 runs scored.
Rome can't be rebuilt in a day, and Grandy still sits at a depressed .137 with just 7 RBI and 10 runs in 26 games. But it is hopefully the start of a youthful surge.
I just hope Juan Lagares, whose bat recently is stirring and is a far superior outfielder, gets to split playing time with Granderson, as any ideas of Grandy being benched in the Mets' braintrust are just that - ideas.
Not to change the subject, but two other older guys named Rivera (Rene and TJ) had 3 hits apiece last night.
Rene is a month younger than Jose and hitting .286 in 42 at bats, while old-at-28-for-being-a-rookie TJ has leapt to .278 in 36 at bats after a 1 for 13 start to his season. Hitters hit, says TJ's bat.
TJ also just politely reminded me that the fact that he is a 28 year old rookie is not his fault, if he could have, he would have called himself up at 23, and that he is still a year younger than low minors Tim Tebow and can throw a football further than Tim can, too.
It is so good to have really good news about the older Mets on this team. Bad old news was getting old.