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Jose Reyes still calls New York home

TORONTO -- Jose Reyes left the New York Mets for a six-year, $106 million deal with the Miami Marlins after the 2011 season, but the fan favorite never left New York.

Now with the Toronto Blue Jays, Reyes continues to make his offseason home on Long Island. He formerly lived in Manhasset, and more recently has moved to Old Brookville. He works out at the same Garden City facility as top prospect Steven Matz during the winter.

Reyes spends about 10 days after the season in his native Dominican Republic, plus Christmastime for about a month. Otherwise, he's in New York for the winter.

He stayed in part because his children were school age and already enrolled when he departed the Mets.

"But I like it, too," he said. "It's nice and quiet. I got used to New York life. I know in the winter it's cold and we get a lot of snow, but still I like."

As for his Mets days, Reyes said: "It seems like a long time ago. That was a fun time. That year, 2006, is one of my favorite years in baseball -- all the fun that we had. We made it to the playoffs. We were one win away to go to the World Series. It's a good memory."

David Wright texted Reyes after both Mets-Jays games in Queens.

"He's just making fun of me," Reyes said. "You know how he is."

Reyes had an 11-game hitting streak snapped on Monday at Citi Field. He is hitting .289 with two homers and 21 RBIs and has nine steals in 149 at-bats this season.

Asked how he enjoys the Blue Jays, Reyes said: "It's a good group of guys. We've been doing good lately. Hopefully we can continue to do that, because when you're winning, it's fun. My first two years here were kind of a little bit disappointing because we had a good team and we weren't able to do anything."