Opinion on this matter is a little divided. Though there are more Reyes supporters than not amongst Met fans, there are clearly two distinct opinions of Reyes. First is the Met fan that will love Reyes no matter what. Then there are the ones who either dont like Reyes, consider Reyes a factor or the reason the Mets haven't won in recent memory, or just simply have come to grips that he will not return to the team next season.
It seems that the Reyes supporters will bring up the fact that he had 8 hits over his last 3 games. Perhaps Wade Boggs sitting out games to win a batting title will be brought up. Maybe they would say Ryan Braun would do the same thing if the roles were reversed. And they would mention that Reyes could have sit out the whole game and should be given credit for playing at all.
Met fans that do not like Reyes will say that he is selfish for wanting to win the batting title. They would then exagerate and say he doen't care about winning and all he cares about is his contract. They will then talk about baseball being a serious game and how Reyes should not be dancing and smiling. It will also be brought up about how Ted Williams was hitting over .3995 on 9/28/41 and played both games of the doubleheader and went 6-8, finishing at .406.
Point is, a Met fans' opinion of the Reyes decision today is biased either one way or the other based on whether a fan likes Reyes or not. A big Reyes fan claims he did nothing wrong and a non-Reyes fan thinks he turned his back on his teammates today.
I didn't like his move to take himself out of the game today in the first inning, but I don't think its a huge story either. Of course it will get backpage coverage, (especially by the NY Post who is a very anti-Mets newspaper) and Reyes looks bad, but he did not abandon his teammates. He, perhaps selfishly, premeditated a plan so he can have the best chance of winning the batting title. Not the way the game should be played, but Reyes is far from a criminal.
I would prefer the Mets make a substantial offer to retain Reyes. He is a top shortstop who can drive the ball to all fields and of course can run. Injury is a risk that is taken with any ballplayer, but the Mets are a better team with Reyes than without. Hopefully a Met fans last memory of Jose Reyes in a Met uniform is not taking himself out of the last game of the season in the 1st inning to win a batting title.