Newspaper article The Canadian Press

All-Star Shortstop Jose Reyes Shakes His Head at Treatment in Miami

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

All-Star Shortstop Jose Reyes Shakes His Head at Treatment in Miami

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Reyes shakes his head at treatment in Miami


DUNEDIN, Fla. - Jose Reyes' smile can light up a clubhouse.

"It's amazing when he walks in -- just the energy he brings," Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said of the all-star shortstop. "You hear about, sometimes it's like 'OK, everyone's blowing this up a little more than it is.' But man oh man, he walks in, the smile on his face just lights up the room. And I can see how it's contagious and impacts his other teammates as well.

"I understand, now being around him in the clubhouse for 20 minutes. I get it. ... It's just a genuine passion, I don't know for life, for the game."

Said Jays teammate R.A. Dickey, who played with Reyes on the Mets: "If you put four or five names in a hat and asked me to draw, I would hope ever time to pick out Jose's name to have on (my) team.

"He's a bundle of energy. If he's on the field, he's going to be playing incredibly hard, all the time -- consistently. He's just a pro's pro. And his smile lights up the clubhouse. It's a fun component to any team, is to have a guy who can bring that excitement every day. And he certainly does."

Reyes, 29, demonstrated another sort of passion Friday upon his arrival at the Blue Jays, taking aim at the Miami Marlins and the manner in which he was traded to Toronto.

"I was shocked because (Marlins owner) Jeffery Loria, he always told me he was never going to trade me," Reyes told reporters. "He always called my agent and said 'Tell Jose to get a good place here to live' and stuff like that."

Reyes said he had dinner with Loria just days before the November trade and nothing was mentioned.

"By that time he was talking still about (me) getting a nice house in Miami. That was kind of crazy. I mean how do you want me to spend some money (on a house) in Miami when I have a house in New York (from his days as a Met) and you're going to trade me in two days? …

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