Major League Baseball approved the sale of the Houston Astros today, which brought with it more changes to baseball: the Astors will move from the NL Central division to the AL West, and there will be one more wild card playoff team in each league, creating a one-game playoff after the regular season ends. But while this will be good for competition across the league, it probably doesn't mean much to Mets fans out there right now, who are facing another disappointing, disheartening season, this time likely without star shortstop Jose Reyes. And prominent Mets supporter Jerry Seinfeld told David Letterman he's dealing with the stress in a unique way: by naming his new dog "Jose Reyes." Watch below:
You want to know why the dog is named Jose? ... The dog is named Jose because I feel like we may lose Jose Reyes, and we're trying to keep a Jose. Because I'm a Met fan. It's actually my wife's idea, which is why I love my wife -- she comes up with ideas like this. That's a marriage right there, a wife that says, 'Let's name a dog after the Mets' outgoing shortstop.' That keeps the love alive.
There are still plenty of other excellent naming options among former Mets shortstops for Seinfeld to switch the Dachshund's name to once Reyes skips town, including Kaz Matsui, Joe McEwing, and José Vizcaino. And who wouldn't want an adorable, messy Great Dane named Rey Ordonez?
If Reyes does leave for the Miami Marlins—which is looking increasingly likely, now that they've reportedly offered him a $90 million/six year deal—he'll be facing his own strange substitution, exchanging the Mets' friendly Home Run Big Apple for the Marlins...um...this thing. As Baseball Nation put it, "This is what would happen if Vikings attacked a Gloria Estefan concert by catapulting flamingos and marlins into the pyrotechnics display."