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For of All Sad Words of Tongue or Pen, the Saddest Are These: 'It Might Have Been'

Few things in sports are more frustrating than lost potential. It’s why Joba Chamberlain gets everyone so worked up, why we’re all rooting for Mark Prior, and why Mickey Mantle is a tragic hero instead of just a hero. And it’s why I’m feeling for the Mets and their fans with the news Carlos Beltran has tendinitis in his other, “good” knee and will sit out some games. Again.

Few players are more graceful, or better at so many different aspects of the game, than Carlos Beltran when he’s going good. An amazing defender, a smooth graceful swing, controlled speed. Unfortunately, it’s been years since he’s been healthy. And maybe this latest setback is no big deal – maybe it really will only set him back a week or so. I don’t know, though. I would like very much to be wrong, but it’s starting to look to me as if Beltran, for all his talent and all the effort he’s put into rehab, just isn’t going to be able to stay on the field. That pisses me off, because Beltran deserves better than to be remembered for freezing on the killer curveball that ended the 2006 NLCS.

Also, the Mets have had no kind of luck recently. They’ve made some very dumb moves [wave to Oliver Perez!], but they’ve also made theoretically good ones like the Beltran signing that just didn’t work out. They are due for some breaks, or would be if the universe worked like that.

Categories:  Baseball  Emma Span  Games We Play

Tags:  Carlos Beltran  New York Mets

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1 Raf   ~  Mar 9, 2011 11:16 am

I prefer to remember Beltran for the ridiculous numbers he posted during the 2004 postseason

2 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 9, 2011 11:33 am

Man, how I wanted him to replace Bernie on the Yanks...

3 monkeypants   ~  Mar 9, 2011 12:29 pm

HIs production (by rate stats) has been better than I anticipated when he signed the big deal with the Mets (I was much more pessimistic about his offense heading into his 30s), but that contract has always struck me as a real gamble for the mets: too many years and $$$ for a 27 y.o. coming off of what could have been his career season (who knew at the time). Are we really surprised that he hasn't stayed on the field much the last two seasons?

4 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 9, 2011 1:04 pm

ya see guys? opting to spend money on Tony Womack and Jaret Wright that winter WAS a good idea!

5 thelarmis   ~  Mar 9, 2011 1:20 pm

i've long been a beltran fan. i hope he gets healthy and back on the field.

it's no secret that my favorite 'exclusive' baseball club is 300-300 (hr/sb). beltran is sooo close. he's at 280/289. i sure hope he can rack up those 20 homers and 11 stolen bags. i think he can...and will!

6 Evil Empire   ~  Mar 9, 2011 9:49 pm

Good post , but fundamentally cannot wish the Muts good fortune....Their fans bug the hell out of me.

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