Yesterday, Jose Reyes faced the Mets for the first time as a Marlin, during which he was 0-for-1.
He later talked to reporters and, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, “seemed particularly concerned about David Wright’s abdominal issue,” so much so, “He quizzed reporters about Wright’s status and separately asked Terry Collins about the shortstop’s longtime teammate.
To read quotes from Reyes, courtesy of WFUV and MetsBlog’s Amit Badlani,
Jose Reyes was happy to see Terry Collins, his old teammates, as he greeted a lot of them during pre-game running today in Jupiter.
Reyes doesn’t feel like his days with the Mets are so far behind him but considering he’s with a new team, he has to put his career with the Mets in the past.
In addition, Reyes didn’t think it felt ‘different’ to play against the Mets today, saying:
“This is Spring Training. This feels like another game. During the season, it’s going to be different. There will be more people in the stands, so it will be more fun. But today, it was a normal game for me.”
Reyes also said to this point, he doesn’t miss anything about the Mets except the fans, saying:
“For now, I don’t miss anything. Like I said, I am a part of a new organization now. Of course, I’m going to miss the fans in New York because all the support they gave me, but I have new fans here in Miami.”
Contrary to Marlins President David Samson basically saying money was the most important issue for him, Reyes said the opportunity to win in Miami was most appealing, saying:
“Before I signed here, I saw what they were trying to do. Thats why I decided to come here to Miami. Because of the opportunity to win. … I haven’t won anything yet. We went to the playoffs once in New York; I want to win a World Series and I think on this team I have that opportunity.”
Reyes also said:
- He never told Samson money was his biggest issue – his agent informed him of those comments after the fact.
- He’s ok if the fans boo him because he knows he gave everything he had while with the Mets.
- He feels good and healthy, although he hasn’t had the opportunity to play in a lot of games yet.
- He gets along well with Hanley Ramirez – they have hung out a lot together this Spring as well.
- He’s glad he’s on Josh Johnson’s side now.
- He still talks to David Wright, Ike Davis, Justin Turner, some of the minor leaguers.
- He doesn’t know what Wright is thinking in regards to his future – all he knows is Wright wants to get healthy and play baseball ‘the right way.’