November 17, 2011
Jerry Seinfeld is a big New York Mets fan.
Under normal circumstances, it would then make sense that Seinfeld and his family want to name their new dog after the flashy shortstop.
But we're not enjoying a normal situation right now. Reyes is currently enjoying the freedoms of free agency and probably has a better chance of landing with a team like the Miami Marlins without ever looking back at the Mets or Citi Field.
Despite this very strong possibility, the Seinfelds are still OK with saddling their new pooch with the name "Jose" for the rest of its life. In fact, Reyes' departure is part of the reason they picked out the name.
Here's what Seinfeld told David Letterman on Wednesday night (via ESPN NY):
"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."
I know some Mets fans might be prone to self-loathing given the events of the past few years. But as a proud dog owner, I don't really get why you'd name a dog after a ballplayer that might not give you a second thought before bolting elsewhere. Does Seinfeld really want a reminder that the Wilpons weren't willing to pony up for a special talent every time the dog gets loose? Why not call him "Shea" if he wants to keep an ancient piece of team history around?
Personally, I think dogs named after famous athletes should be reserved for the best of the best, the guys who reflect upon your franchise and fanship in a great light. And it's not like the Mets don't have a great candidate, either.
Seaver the Retriever is one of the best baseball-related dog names I can think of.