A lot of people in the Mets world are going nuts about Carlos Beltran finally being in a World Series. I say who cares?!
Carlos Beltran does not play for the New York Mets anymore. And let’s face it, he was never a fan favorite when he was in Flushing. But now that he’s gone, everybody loves him and prays that he wins his first ring?
It’s sad, really. For many Mets fans, perhaps they think this is as close as they will get to a World Series — a former player traded away from the team in the middle of the 2011 season.
Perhaps they want him to finally chase away the ghosts from his series-ending strikeout in Game 7 of the NLCS in 2006? Incidentally, these are the same fans who bashed Beltran for years for just standing there, knees buckled by an Adam Wainwright curve ball. Now they pray for his vindication?
I have written before that I was never a big fan of Carlos Beltran — very good player, yes, but I just didn’t like the way he played the game. Yet I never blamed him for that strikeout; he was simply fooled by an incredible pitch.
Fans seem to have blinders on when it comes to Beltran’s Mets career. They call him the greatest center fielder in the team’s history (I still vote for Mookie Wilson), but they forget how awful and surly he was in his first season. He followed that with three excellent seasons, but then suffered through injuries for two more years, then was traded midway through his final year. All in all, a checkered Mets career.
So excuse me if I cannot suddenly jump on the Carlos Beltran bandwagon. If he wins a World Series with the Cardinals, fine. If he doesn’t, fine. Nothing personal against Beltran, but as a Mets fan, why should I care?