Beltran: Carlito’s Way

By / September 3, 2009 / Injuries

There is a lot of talk about whether or not injured players should come back. You can make the argument they should so they can be evaluated for next year. There is also the “why-bother-it-is-a-dead-season” debate.

Personally, I would like players with serious injuries to stay out until next season, like Carlos Beltran.

Some do not seem to understand the seriousness of his injury. The doctors and trainers were considering microfracture surgery for his knee. It is a serious surgery and one that could help him or end his career. I have already spoken about it. So I will not go through it all again.

Beltran, being the stubborn Boricua that he is because all of us Puerto Ricans are, is insisting on coming back. Why? The season is over and in no way can he contribute. The bruise is still there although it has improved. For now!

Yes, he played for the Brooklyn Cyclones last night going 1 for 3 and will play again tonight. Good for him. He is trying. For all those who keep saying he is a soft player, you have lost your minds completely. I think watching the Mets has made your brain soft.

Last night Carlito made this statement to the media after the game:

If I got home without playing this season, my mind is going to kill me thinking I got hurt during the season and I couldn’t get back.  You don’t want that in your head…

People keep asking me, ‘Why don’t you sit back for the rest of the season?’  I don’t want to sit back.  I’m a ballplayer.  I play every day.

When you’re a ballplayer, your job is being able to rehab yourself, and if that’s the last game of the season, then play the last game of the season.  That’s what we’re here for, that’s what we get paid for… So I’m doing my best, and hopefully nothing happens and everything goes right and I can be with them.

This is Carlito’s way. This is the only way he knows how to play. One thing you will find about Hispanics is they work very hard and have a “Never say die” attitude. We also like to get our way.

While I endorse this attitude, I cannot help but worry. That bruise has been his Achilles Heel since June.

I am hoping this does not hurt him going into next year which was in question. Sometimes players push themselves too much and end up doing more harm then good. Let’s hope this is not the case for Carlito as it looks like he will get his way.

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