In a contest where Terry Collins broke the record for most games at the helm ever for a Mets manager, infielder Jose Reyes made a little history of his own.
Reyes, 33, registered career hit No. 2,000 on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first inning, as the veteran went 3-for-4 on the evening with two RBI.
“Last year at this point, I was sitting on my couch,” Reyes said. “I didn’t even know if I was going to continue to play in the major leagues. And here I am, back home playing for the Mets, getting my 2,000th hit. I feel very grateful.”
With the performance, Reyes clocks in with 1,398 hits as a Metropolitan, 370 with Toronto, 184 with Miami and 50 with Colorado.
“It’s hard to believe I got my 2,000th hit here,” Reyes said. “Before I signed here last year, I never thought I was going to be back here playing.”
“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs. I feel like my career was a roller coaster, a lot of injuries, off the field [issues]. But I never gave up, and I’m still here. To get my 2,000th hit was big and to get a victory is always good,” Reyes added.
Reyes helped the Mets to a series victory over the Angels and leapt over the Mendoza line as his average improved to .205 with the three-hit performance.
“I’m happy for Jose, tremendous career and great that he got his 2,000th hit in this park,” Collins said.