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Why this may be Reyes' last Mets opener

Jose Reyes debuted with the New York Mets in Arlington, Texas, on his final day as a teenager, during the same series Steve Phillips was fired as general manager.

"When I came out for batting practice, I saw so many people, a big stadium," Reyes says of that day in 2003. "I was nervous. But when the game started, everything was cool. I remember I had a base hit, my first AB, right away. After that, whoooo, I breathed a little bit. That was a good memory."

Jose Reyes

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New York Mets

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Reyes since has played for four managers (Art Howe, Willie Randolph, Jerry Manuel and Terry Collins) and three GMs (Jim Duquette, Omar Minaya and Sandy Alderson).

Now 27 years old, Reyes is actually the longest-tenured Met, followed by David Wright.

But it's very possible that Reyes, too, is heading toward the door. Poised to be a free agent after the season, the dynamic shortstop could be traded at the deadline in July if the team is not in contention. The Mets otherwise figure to lose him next winter, although he says he has no desire to depart.

Read the full column here.