Jose Reyes says he is excited to be back at Citi Field for the first time since leaving the Mets.
The speedy shortstop, who spent his first nine seasons in New York, returned Tuesday with the Miami Marlins as the teams got set to open a three-game series.
A homegrown star, Reyes was a fan favorite with the Mets before signing a $106 million, six-year contract with the division-rival Marlins in December. He says New York never made an offer to keep him once he became a free agent.
The Mets planned a video tribute to Reyes, but he received a mixed reception during batting practice. A group of fans in left field chanted his name, while two others perched behind the Miami dugout called him a traitor and wore big, red Xs over his name and number.