Reyes' energy, speed sparking Mets

October is a mad dash for the finish line. With Jose Reyes atop the order, the Mets have a head start.

Originally Published: September 27, 2006
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine
Editor's Note: This story appears in the Oct. 9 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

A smile is a simple thing. And powerful, too.

It can open doors, build trust and lift heavy hearts. The wider and toothier and brighter the grin, the more infectious it becomes. At close range, a smile can recharge batteries. From far away, it can renew faith. And from the top of the lineup or deep in the hole, it can change the flow of a baseball game. At least it can when it's the gran sonrisa of José Bernabé Reyes.

Lindsay Berra is an avid CrossFitter and a national correspondent for Follow her on twitter @lindsayberra.