It’s not breaking news that Jeffrey Loria isn’t the most popular person in South Florida. In fact, he’s barely more popular than Fidel Castro.
Of the many reasons why Marlins fans hate Loria, the biggest reason is that after hitting up tax payers for his luxurious stadium, he then dealt away every player on the Marlins that could actually play. One of those players is Jose Reyes, who was dealt to the Blue Jays.
Reyes hasn’t spoken publicly about the trade until now. And predictably, he rips Loria for trading him just one year into his six-year contract. But the best part of Reyes’s comments revolve around a dinner the two shared in New York two days before Reyes was dealt.
“Two days before the trade, I was having dinner with him in New York,” Reyes said. “He was talking about getting a nice house in Miami. That was kind of crazy. How do you want me to spend some money in Miami when I have my house in New York, and you are going to trade me in two days? …
“I was shocked. Jeffrey Loria always told me he was never going to trade me. He would call my agents and tell him to get a good place to live.”
“I don’t need to see him,” Reyes said. “I don’t need talk to them (the Marlins), they traded me. That means they don’t want me there. So I don’t need to say, ‘Why did you trade me?”’
As for the Marlins fans, Reyes had this to say:
“I feel sorry for the fan base there, I feel sorry for him,” said Reyes. “But it is what it is. I’m not in Miami anymore. It’s time for me to move on.”
We feel sorry for the fan base too, Jose.
Loria? Not so much.