ANAHEIM - Jose Reyes is not the type of guy to go all Lou Piniella on his teammates. He’s a happy-go-lucky sort with an infectious smile and a good-humoured approach to life.
But it wasn’t the sunny-dispositioned shortstop who spoke in frustrated tones Saturday night after the Blue Jays had lost another tough ball game, a game they led into the eighth inning before the Angels scored three runs to win it 7-5.
As this baseball season has, bit-by-bit, gone south on the Jays this season, there hasn’t been a lot of angry self-examination. Mark Buehrle has quietly questioned the team’s opinion of itself, but it was not an overly-harsh assessment.
All Buehrle said was “maybe we’re over-rated,” and that was fair comment.
Saturday, the frustration bubbled over for Reyes. He wasn’t pointing fingers and, like Buehrle, was only speaking the truth but the significance of his comments is magnified because of who he is.