Prior to Tuesday’s home run derby, David Wright told reporters Carlos Beltran was “under appreciated.”
“He had a couple of monster seasons for us, and was a huge reason why we made it as far as we did in 2006,” Wright said of Beltran.
“We came a couple runs from making the World Series, and we don’t get close to that without Carlos. So hopefully [his reception from the fans tonight] is warm.”
In seven seasons with the Mets, Beltran hit 149 home runs, including a career high of 41 in 2006, with 559 RBI, while batting .280 with a .369 OBP and a .869 OPS. He was a five-time All-Star, won three Gold Gloves, and two Silver Slugger Awards.
Once umpire Tim Welke called strike three on the knee-buckling curve from Adam Wainwright in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, the opinions of Beltran in the minds of most Met fans were seemingly altered forever, which, in my opinion, is a shame. He is easily my favorite Mets player of all-time and the best center fielder in team history. And, one at-bat — one pitch — should not define what was an otherwise brilliant career in New York.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I agree. It’s frustrating, because every time Beltran does an interview with New York media someone pushes the narrative that Mets fans don’t like him. That’s not at all true. Sure, there are plenty of Mets fans who don’t like him, who didn’t appreciate him, etc. There are also plenty of fans who realize how awesome he was and why. Years ago, Ted Berg started a meme on Twitter (#BlameBeltran) that jokingly blames Carlos for everything bad that happens to the Mets, essentially mocking people who do exactly that and mean it.
I happened to be in the room when MLB took their official photos for the All Star Game yesterday, and I was able to capture this photo, which I later posted to Instagram with the title: “Who has two thumbs and gets blamed for everything? This guy.”: