Thursday, April 19, 2012
Mets Plan to Show a Video Tribute for Jose Reyes
"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."