Reyes giggles at the memory of the time in 2004 when the Mets tried to change his running style to minimize leg injuries. It's not an evil cackle, but a lighthearted laugh that says he'll remember even the weird times fondly.
His favorite Mets moments are some that are likely to ring true for fans of that era: His first home run, a grand slam on June 15, 2003, against the Angels; the time he hit for the cycle on June 21, 2006, and 49,758 fans at Shea Stadium roared louder than Keith Hernandez had ever remembered (many Mets fans will also painfully recall that Billy Wagner blew the save and New York lost the game, which probably also says some things about the fortunes of the Reyes era); and, of course, the day when the Mets clinched the National League East in 2006, earning Reyes his only postseason appearance.
"I have a lot of good memories," he said. "The only unfortunate thing was that we never were able to win a championship when we had teams with the talent and potential to win a championship."
On a final note, when told that the Mets were now rumored to be preparing a contract extension for third baseman David Wright. In essence, the Mets could be choosing Wright over Reyes.
"I know David Wright is a tremendous player," Reyes said. "When he's healthy he's one of the best third basemen in the league. I think it's probably a good idea that they try to sign him."