Shortstop Jose Reyes hopes he will receive a warm reception on Tuesday when he returns to New York for the first time this year.
“You know New York,” Reyes said with a smile. “You don’t know how they’re going to react. Hopefully it’s in good way.”
After nine seasons with the Mets, Reyes signed a six-year, $106-million contract with the Marlins in December. But he said he hopes Mets’ fans remember how hard he played for them.
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“One thing that I did when I was there, every time I was on the field I gave everything that I had, 100 percent every day,” Reyes said. “I have a lot of respect for the organization, to the fans of New York, all the support they gave me.
“Even in tough times when I had injuries, they always were behind me 100 percent. That’s the thing I’m going to never forget. I appreciate that from them.”
With the Mets, Reyes was popular and well-liked by fans and teammates. He went to the All Star game three times and won the batting title in 2011.
But he’s off to a slow start with the Marlins, batting .230 with no home runs and 2 RBI in his first 15 games. He also has made five errors.
“It’s kind of exciting to go there for the first time after all of those years that I played there,” Reyes said. “It’s going to be interesting to see how people are going to react.