Carlos Beltran has received plenty of unnecessary criticism over the years. It is only now, on the verge of a trade to the San Francisco Giants, where the Mets fans who have attacked are now finding forgiveness in their hearts. Well, it is a little too late. Just sayin’.
Some have called him an overrated player. This is what some people feel is an “overrated player”:
- Stolen bases: 100
- Doubles: 208
- Triples: 17
- Home runs: 149
- RBI’s: 559
Those are numbers that could have been dramatically different had he managed to stay healthy during his tenure here. You can think about what could have been. Beltran is also a 5-time All-Star with the Mets (as voted by the fans), 3-time gold glove, 3-time silver slugger and has been in the MVP voting three times.
It is not that he is overrated. Rather he was very much underappreciated. Many were quick to attack him for that final at-bat in the 2006 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, but fail to remember the three home runs he hit during that same series.
Beltran is the most humble and passionate, upfront and honest, always holding himself accountable for his own mistakes. Watching him playing in the outfield, he is as graceful as they come making every play look so easy. Carlos Beltran was indeed our angel in the outfield and an angel off the field in Puerto Rico with his baseball academy, giving kids a chance to enhance their skills on the field while striving for academic excellence.
Now that his trade to the San Francisco Giants appears to be imminent, we will greatly miss him. I truly feel that with him goes any chance we had at going to the playoffs. I hope and pray I am wrong.
You have been so much more than a mere baseball player. To all of our countrymen in Puerto Rico, you have shown what hard work, determination and a strong faith can get you. You truly are a role model for so many men, and even women, to emulate. You have never been quiet about who you are and where you stand. I truly hope that you felt the love of every Mets fan throughout your final at-bats as a New York Met. I pray, should the trade to the Giants go through, the fans appreciate you more there than you were while in Citi Field.
All the best to you and your family.
El no esta con nuestro equipo, pero siempre estara en nuestros corazones. Siempre es un New York Met. (He is not with our team, but he will always be in our hearts. Always a New York Met.)