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Reyes proud to gain US citizenship

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WASHINGTON -- As the Mets prepared to play their first game of the season in the nation's capital, one of their players enjoyed a new perspective on the city and the country.

Shortstop Jose Reyes became a United States citizen Wednesday morning, swearing his oath at a Long Island courthouse before the Mets' 4-2 win over the Phillies. Reyes, who came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old in 1999, owns a residence in Old Brookville, N.Y.

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WASHINGTON -- As the Mets prepared to play their first game of the season in the nation's capital, one of their players enjoyed a new perspective on the city and the country.

Shortstop Jose Reyes became a United States citizen Wednesday morning, swearing his oath at a Long Island courthouse before the Mets' 4-2 win over the Phillies. Reyes, who came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old in 1999, owns a residence in Old Brookville, N.Y.

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"I live here," Reyes said. "I live in New York. My daughters, they go to school here, they were born here, they're Americans. I see myself living here after I retire. That doesn't mean I don't want to go back to the Dominican, because of course I'm Dominican, 100 percent. But that was a good feeling to become a citizen."

Reyes took the U.S. citizenship test during Spring Training, and was sworn in Wednesday alongside his wife, Katherine.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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