Aybar and Reyes spent the weekend at Citi Field taking turns making superlative plays and delivering key hits in a series taken by the Angels. As the Angels prepared to board a flight for South Florida after Sunday's game, Aybar had Reyes' No. 7 game jersey -- courtesy of the man himself -- hanging in his locker.
"That's my favorite," Aybar said, nodding toward the Reyes shirt. "That's why I got the jersey. He's a great player and a good guy. He'll talk to anybody. He's always in a good mood. He's the way a professional is supposed to be. That's how I want to be."
No shortstop in the game is on Reyes' level right now, but Aybar is having a solid season. He's batting .277 with 28 RBIs and 26 runs scored in 58 games and is 14-for-16 in steal attempts. Defensively, Reyes is one of the few on Aybar's level.