Nervous and Contrite, Jose Reyes Returns to New York


Jose Reyes making his debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Sunday, one day after signing a minor league contract with the Mets.

Ben Solomon for The New York Times

Jose Reyes put his head down as he left the on-deck circle, strode toward home plate and dug in his spikes in the batter’s box. As he did, many in the capacity crowd at MCU Park in Coney Island rose to their feet and welcomed him with a familiar chant.

“Jooooo-se, Jo-se, Jo-se, Jo-se,” they serenaded Reyes, just as they once had at Shea Stadium and Citi Field, putting a Mets-centric twist on the familiar “Olé” soccer chant.

The cheer, even if it did not ring throughout the entire stadium, washed over Reyes like a wave of relief.

Reyes, who signed a minor league contract with the Mets, returned a contrite and humbled figure on Sunday when he made his debut for the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones, a pit stop on his return to the Mets in the next week or so.

Suspended through May by Major League Baseball and then cut loose by the Colorado Rockies after he was arrested last year on charges — later dropped…

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