Jose Reyes is on a tear this year for the New York Mets, after a few down seasons (He was rumored to be on the way out of New York after this year). However, he turned it around and is leading the NL in batting average, hits, runs, and triples, and his glove has of course always been a strong part of his game. Here he is in 2009:
|Jose Reyes with the New York Mets in 2009|
Well, he is having such a good year, he decided to put out his own reggaeton record that was released in July. It is called "No hay amigo" or "There is no friend." The song is not bad, if you like Dominican reggaeton, and features a Ferrari and lots of bling on Reyes's wrists! But Reyes at least has his head in the right place:
“The song is a message for the children that when I was younger I didn’t have anything, but I kept working, and now I have what I have,” said Reyes, who was born and raised in the Dominican Republic.Really!? The Dominican Baseball Guy speaks pretty good Spanish and all he got out of this song was "never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut!" But the Dominican Baseball Guy is not all knowing and it obviously has a deeper meaning according to Reyes.
All sarcasm aside these Dominican players are not exaggerating about the poverty they grow up in. It is real, no running water or electricity or trash service, poverty down there in much of the country. Reyes is a success in a country of young boys hoping to make it out of that poverty and make the big leagues.
Jose is from Villa Gonzalez, DR. Here is the video: