Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran left Wednesday’s game with a rib contusion suffered while robbing a home run in the second inning. X-rays came back negative and he’s listed day-to-day, the team later announced.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Oct. 23: It’s been seven years since Beltran’s strikeout in Game 7 of the NLCS against Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals.
Tonight, Beltran takes the field with Wainwright and the Cardinals, against the Red Sox, for his first World Series.
It is an uncomfortable visual, seeing these two, and Yadier Molina, celebrating together in red. It’s like watching your ex-girlfriend date your best friend. But, that’s just a metaphor, and the reality is that he was and still is an awesome baseball player. I enjoyed rooting for him. I feel he got a bum wrap from a lot of Mets fans who either blame him or never appreciated what he brought to the game every night.
“I feel great for Carlos,” Omar Minaya recently told Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record. “When people like that get to the World Series, it makes you feel proud. … I’m rooting for him. If anyone deserves it, it’s Carlos.”
I agree. I don’t like the Cardinals. I typically root for the Red Sox in the postseason, mostly because I’m used to rooting against the Yankees. But, in this case, in this series, I’m rooting for Beltran. I’m not rooting for the Cardinals. I’m not rooting for a uniform or franchise. I’m rooting for one guy to get a ring, because I think he’s earned the chance and I know he’ll enjoy every moment of it.
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