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America, the beautiful mess

Willets Point, across the parking lot from Citi Field, cradles just as many dreams

Updated: September 26, 2011, 1:42 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

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Jose Reyes is tired. So is everyone else in the Mets clubhouse. This is the morning of the 157th game of their 2011 season. They are 24 games out of first place.

Jose Reyes tips back the chair in front of his locker and closes his eyes. Between batting practice and infield warm-ups and stretching and long-tossing and hitter's meetings and snapshots with fans, glad-handing VIPs and autograph signings and television interviews in English and radio interviews in ...

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