Jose Reyes made another return Monday night to Flushing, his home for the first nine years of his career.
Now the shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, Reyes had played as a visitor at Citi Field with the Marlins in 2012 and the Blue Jays earlier this season, and he said, "It's nothing new for me. But it's always good to come here and play in front of these fans."
He played for the Mets from 2003 to 2011 before signing with the Marlins as a free agent. After one season in Florida, Reyes was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, who traded him to Colorado in the Troy Tulowitzki deal July 28.
While his current club is in last place in the National League West, two of his former teams are in the thick of the playoff hunt. The Mets are in first place in the NL East and Toronto trails the Yankees by 1 1/2 games in the AL East.
Reyes said he wishes his former teammates in Toronto and New York well, and that he has been watching the Mets' success.
"I follow baseball, so of course I see what they've been able to do this year," he said. "That's really good to see. We had an opportunity when I was there in 2006, 2007, 2008. We had a team maybe to win at least one World Series. We weren't able to get it done."
After falling to the Cardinals in seven games in the 2006 NLCS, the Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the season in both 2007 and '08.
Toronto looked like a place for Reyes to find the postseason success that has eluded him, and he said he was somewhat disappointed when he was dealt to Colorado.
"I was a little bit down when I heard the news, because I want to compete," Reyes said. "I want to win, because I'm 32 years old. I've been in this game for a long time. I wasn't able to [win] anything. I've gone to the playoffs only one time, 2006, so I can't wait to get there [again].
"A baseball player, you want to play for a winner. You want to be competing every single time you take a step on the field."
Reyes hit .292 with a .341 on-base percentage and .441 slugging percentage as a Met. This season, he has a .275/.312/.370 slash line.
As for the Mets, Reyes smiled and said: "Now I'm in the National League, so I don't want to see them win . . . but I wish them all the best."
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