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Reyes razzed by old mates before brief meeting

Reyes razzed by old mates before brief meeting

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JUPITER, Fla. -- A couple of hours before the first pitch was thrown on Thursday, Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes was fielding text messages from his former teammates.

Mets catcher Josh Thole checked in, as did first baseman Ike Davis.

"A bunch of guys texted me today," Reyes said. "They give me a hard time, in a good way."

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The typical razzing comes with changing uniforms.

Reyes now has a comfort level with his "new family," the Miami Marlins.

Since signing the richest contract in Marlins history -- six years, $106 million in December -- it was a matter of time before Reyes faced his ex-mates. Thursday became the date.

Reyes was at shortstop and leading off at Roger Dean Stadium.

To the energetic shortstop, facing the Mets in Spring Training felt like just another game. Circumstances will be different, he admits, when he visits Citi Field for the first time -- April 24-26.

"This is nothing," Reyes said of meeting the Mets on Thursday. "It's going to be a little crazy when I go back to New York. This is Spring Training. This is just another game."

Reyes had an abbreviated appearance in Miami's 3-1 win. Due to a 54-minute rain delay, he was on the field for three innings, and he tapped a soft grounder back to pitcher R.A. Dickey in his lone at-bat.

"He jammed me," Reyes said.

During warmups, Reyes interacted with Mets players, and he exchanged a few words with New York manager Terry Collins.

"I said hello to them," Reyes said. "It was good to see my old teammates. I had a chance to say hello to Terry. He said, 'Congratulations, and I wish all the best to you, and good luck.' I had an opportunity to see Terry in New York, too. He said the same thing."

Reyes said he last spoke with David Wright about a week ago, checking up on the New York third baseman who is out with a left abdominal injury.

Earlier in Spring Training, the Marlins faced the Mets twice in Port St. Lucie, Fla., but Reyes didn't make either trip. So Thursday was the first time Reyes performed in front of some New York fans who weren't happy with his free-agent decision.

There were a few boos mixed in with mostly cheers in the first inning.

"Of course, I heard," Reyes said. "But it's OK. It is what it is. I'm good with it. If they decide to boo me, I don't care. I feel like I gave everything that I had in New York. If they boo me, it's OK. If they don't, I'm happy."

How Reyes will work alongside Hanley Ramirez also remains a topic that is drawing attention.

Shortly after Reyes signed with the Marlins, reports quickly surfaced that Ramirez was disgruntled over having to move to third base.

If there was any tension previously, it quickly disappeared when Spring Training started. Ramirez has embraced the switch, and he and Reyes have a close friendship.

"A lot of people, before we came to Spring Training, said a lot of stuff about me and Hanley," Reyes said. "That we wouldn't get along together. I don't know where they got that from, because me and Hanley have a very good relationship. Now that we're on the same team, it's even better. Almost every day, I go to his house or he comes to my house to play PlayStation."

Reyes and Ramirez frequently play MLB 2K12.

Because both want to be the Marlins, and the game doesn't allow that, Reyes takes the Red Sox, and Ramirez is the Phillies.

"We've been spending a lot of time together," Reyes said. "We're very happy to be on the same team."

Reyes said he enjoyed his years with the Mets, but he now is enjoying his time with Miami.

"I'm part of a new organization now," he said. "I'm going to miss the fans in New York, for all the support that they gave to me. I'm going to miss that. Now I have new fans in Miami."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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