ARLINGTON -- It was "a long time ago" in his own words, eight years ago in reality. But Jose Reyes can still recall most details of his Major League debut at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 2003.
"I went out to stretch and saw the stadium, and I said, 'Wow. This is amazing,'" Reyes said. "I had never had the opportunity to be in a big league stadium."
Perhaps his fondest memory from that day came after his second hit, a double in his third at-bat. After Reyes arrived at second base, then-Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez walked over to greet his counterpart, a well-known Dominican prospect, and wished him good luck.
"It meant a lot," Reyes said. "Alex is one of the best to ever play this game.
"Everybody is so crazy about Alex Rodriguez in the Dominican. I used to see him on TV all the time, and now I had an opportunity to be on the same field as him. It's something I'm going to never forget."