Am I missing something with this Jose Reyes-Jerry Manuel thing?

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Jeff Francoeur isn’t the only source of controversy in Queens right now. There’s a little thing going on between Jose Reyes and Jerry Manuel.  I’m not sure I understand the dispute, though.

Reyes had a big error in Sunday’s game against the Phillies.  Jerry Manuel said afterwards that he thought Reyes was having problems concentrating. Yesterday “an unsmiling and somewhat defiant Reyes” denied this. But to me his denial sounds like an admission that, yeah, sometimes he loses concentration:

“I don’t think so. I play shortstop one way, and that has never changed. How many pitches
do they throw to home plate? Sometimes it’s hard to get ready for every
pitch, but I try to do my best.”

Um, OK.

Maybe the dispute is meaningless. Far more meaningful is why a veteran like Reyes finds it hard to get ready for every pitch. Because while we all make mistakes, there’s not much more important than, you know, being ready.