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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Reyes shines on Seinfeld's big night

By Andrew Marchand
ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- On an evening featuring comic legend Jerry Seinfeld talking about musical sensation Lady Gaga, once again the fastest rising star in Flushing wore No. 7 and sprinted through the night like a comet.

The dreadlocks are bouncing in the air, the injuries are history, and Reyes is flying around the bases with a smile for what has been the best team in baseball for the past month.

Jose Reyes
Reyes has finally started hitting, and the Mets are reaping the benefits.

"I think he is back," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said of Reyes.

In the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday night, Reyes was just a double short of the cycle. Meanwhile, David Wright, in a supporting role, drove in Reyes with a double for the Mets' first run.

"Now, the bat is alive and hot," Manuel added regarding Reyes.

As the summer turns red-hot, Citi Field suddenly, out of nowhere, is the cool place to be. With Seinfeld in the SportsNet New York booth, the Mets were having the last laugh on Lady Gaga night.

The 35,045 fans in attendance got to enjoy the faces of this franchise, Reyes and Wright, at their finest.

"He is a very electric player," Manuel said after Reyes hit a triple, a single and a homer -- in that order -- as well as stole a base in the victory.

With Reyes leading the way since May 22, the Mets have been the best team in baseball. In that time, the Mets are 21-7 (.650), with Reyes hitting an impressive .383 during that span. Reyes' speed and smile just bring a different energy to the Mets.

Rookie first baseman Ike Davis is just 23 years old and he has been in the majors for about two months, a short enough span that his eyes still grow wide when he talks about his favorite players.

"Jose is the most exciting player I've ever played with," Davis said. "You have seen David and Jose in Mets uniforms for so long. I couldn't imagine this team without those two."

Reyes started his show off in the first inning, hitting one of his trademark triples. For all the people who complain about how Citi Field is not built for Wright, it perfectly suits Reyes, as the ball bounced around the pinball setup in right-center. The Mets stranded Reyes at third, however.

In the third, Reyes singled and stole second. After Angel Pagan walked, Wright came through, nailing a Wimbledon-worthy double off the chalk and down the left-field line.

Wright -- with 20,000 of the fans holding up the Gaga-inspired "Make Wright #1" foam fingers -- nailed a double to bring in Reyes. It was Wright's league-leading 56th RBI.

"David is definitely our leader and Jose is close behind," Davis said.

Seinfeld is probably the Mets' most famous fan. On SNY, when he wasn't talking about how great Mets play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen and analyst Keith Hernandez are, or revealing that his favorite Mets moment was Endy Chavez' catch in the 2006 NLCS, or saying Lady Gaga owes Mets fans an apology, he was praising Reyes.

In the fifth, when Reyes drilled his solo homer to give the Mets a 2-0 lead -- which is all R.A. Dickey needed -- Seinfeld's joy could be heard in his voice as Reyes styled around the bases.

"Keith Hernandez is not liking this," Seinfeld said. "Always whining about the Reyes homers. I love him!"

On Wednesday night, Seinfeld might have been in the house, but Reyes was the biggest star. Mets fans are falling in love, all over again.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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