NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jose Reyes is one of the most beloved Mets of all time.
The shortstop came up with the Amazin’s in 2003 and played with them until 2011 before signing with the Marlins as a free agent.
He was traded to the Blue Jays after one season in Miami and was dealt to the Rockies prior to the non-waiver trade deadline last month.
With Reyes and the Rockies in town this week, it’s a reminder that the speedster will always be a Met, regardless of what his uniform says.
If Reyes has it his way, he’ll finish his career in Queens.
“I’d love to,” the four-time All-Star told The New York Times on Tuesday. “Not now, because I have two more years on my deal. But I’d love to finish my career here in New York. I have some great memories here.”
The 32-year-old helped the Mets reach Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series in 2006, and was a key part of the clubs that suffered late-season collapses in 2007 and 2008.
He led the National League in stolen bases from 2005-07 and led the NL in triples in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
He became the first batting champion in Mets history in 2011, and holds the franchise records for triples and stolen bases.
“We had an opportunity when I was there,” Reyes told the newspaper. “In 2006, 2007, 2008, I feel like we had a team that could win maybe one World Series. We weren’t able to get it done. Sometimes it crosses my mind.”
In 81 games this season, Reyes is hitting .275 with four homers and 37 RBIs. He’s stolen 18 bases and doesn’t have a triple.