Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mets Plan to Show a Video Tribute for Jose Reyes

When Reyes returns to New York to face his former team for the first time. The Mets plan to show a video tribute to his nine years with the team before the opener of the three-game series at Citi Field, the New York Daily News reported.

"I feel very happy about that," Reyes said Wednesday.

"I know I had a lot of injuries a couple of years there, at the same time I had a very good year there, too. The thing I'm most proud of is every time I took the field I gave 100 percent to that team. And of all the support the fans gave me there, through tough moments that I had there. They were always 100 percent behind me, so that is something I'm never going to forget."

Reyes hit .337 last season to become the first Met to win a batting title. Leg injuries plagued him in his final three seasons with the team, including 2011 when he was limited to 126 games.

He signed a $106 million, six-year deal with the Marlins in the offseason and was critical of the Mets for not making a formal offer to re-sign him.

No lingering hard feelings on either side, apparently. Reyes said he isn't sure what to expect when he returns as a visitor.

"I don't know, I'm kind of excited. I can't wait to get there. I don't know how people are going to react. New York fans, you never know. I'm looking forward to it. I'm ready to go there," Reyes said.

Reyes was off to a slow start with the Marlins, taking a .217 average into Wednesday's game against the Cubs — .190 over the previous 10 games. He had three doubles and a triple, but his on-base percentage was lagging at .265.

"Reyes will come out of his slump. I think he's trying to do too much, that's my opinion," manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Reyes shrugged off concern saying, "When I get my timing back, it's going to be the old Jose Reyes. Right now I don't worry about anything, it's only 11 games."
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