Bravo Beltran 

What a great day Monday was, the real start of the baseball season. 

I can read about pitchers and catchers and inter-squad games all day long but until I see live baseball on TV the season is yet to truly begin. So I relished the chance to watch SNY’s first live game Mets v Nats.

But the big news broke even before 1st pitch was thrown when Beltran announced he would relinquish CF to Pagan and move to right.

Bravo Carlos for making this decision easy and drama free. It definitely scored him some points with the fan base. But even though I was elated to hear the news I’m also concerned about the state of LosB’s knee if he’s punting his position this early in spring.

As for the game:

Sure enuff the 1st ball hit to our new CF clunked off Pagan’s mitt as he went to the wall. It was definitely a tough play against a gusting wind but a Met fan had to appreciate the irony.

But Pagan responded with a solo shot to the opposite field. Yes the wind was blowing yesterday but I betcha Pagan exceeds his 11 bombs from a year ago.

Murphy looked pretty nifty defensively at 3rd making a couple of nice plays including an over the shoulder grab in foul territory.  Maybe young Daniel will surprise us and hit his way into the starting lineup. Maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise.

Did anyone else catch Darling’s goofy haircut? Maybe he was just having a bad hair day but the normally smoove announcer was definitely sporting a weenie-do.

11 Responses to “Bravo Beltran ”

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  2. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    “even though I was elated to hear the news I’m also concerned about the state of LosB’s knee if he’s punting his position this early in spring.”
    you said it, BMF– it’s a very troubling sign, for a lot of reasons. Mainly, of course, it says that he has to baby that knee of his. But additionally, it says that his market value has just gone way down. Think about it, as a CF’er Beltran has had an elite skill set for a decade. As a RF’er, well, the jury is still out on that one. How good of a fielder will he still be in a new position on banged-up knees? How much power remains? For the Mets, it’s just the same players they were going to put out there already, so maybe it’s not that big a deal, but as a tradeable commodity, I would think Beltran might be a tougher sell at this new position.

  3. USMF Says:

    It’s great for the team LosB made the move now…removes drama, team first attitude…yada yada yada…We’ve seen many great CF’s have a very hard time moving when the time was right.

    Just watch out, from a person who still plays baseball and played OF all my life…Center field is the easiest position to play. Yes, you have to take charge and cover a lot of ground, but the reads you get get of the ball off the bat are much easier. In CF, balls hit to your right tail to your right, balls hit left tail left…in the corner OF positions; a ball can be hit to your right and tail 20ft to your left, especially when the hitter goes the other way with it.

    Lets not forget that this isn’t (Ollies) little league, you can’t hide a poor fielder in right…and if you’re playing right correctly…you’re doing a ton of running on every play. Any ball hit the right side, you gotta be in position to field the ball, any ball hit to the left side or in front of the mound, you gotta get in position to backup the throw to 2nd or 1st.

    But the fact that he did this so early does worry me about his health. Carlos needs to be healthy for the Mets to have a shot…

    Maybe what he’s saying is true…that he can still play center and this is more about whats best for everybody, but you gotta have concerns about it…

  4. Matt the Met Fan Says:

    Is it me ..or is his Mole getting bigger??? ..
    anyone in Florida can confirm this?

    USMF ..interesting thought on CF .. you bring up a good point about a ball tailing away .. instinct plays a lot to it right? So are you saying moving Beltran actually hurts this defense? yikes !! did you see Castillo yesterday?

  5. cleonjones Says:

    Cut Ollie and Castro !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Heading out to see the Mets today at Space Coast Stadium (Washington Nationals Stadium) in Melbourne, at least it is close to home…..Looking cloudy with a chance of light rain now.

    You actually think Beltran did this for the team? are you kidding me.

    This guy is in his contarct year and the only thing he cares about is Carlos Beltran. Although I would like to think otherwise.

    If he was goign to do this for the team he could have done it awhile ago.

    Now he has to learn a new spot while he could have just focused on his hitting.

    It could mean the difference between 4th and 5th place!

    Castillo awful yesterday agreed, Matt the Met Fan! Played that ball like a little leaguer.


  7. ProfessorReyes Says:

    Don’t listen to Rich :-P he is sun baked, Carlos is as usual a class act.

  8. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    Professor: I agree. Not about Rich being sun-baked, necessarily, but certainly about Carlos being a class act.

  9. USMF Says:

    I’ve always thought LosB was a class act…yes he’s not a big media guy, but he’ll do it when ever he must.

    I’ve never understood the bad rap he gets…It seems that some people just don’t like the guy so no matter what he does, they find fault with it. When he plays injured, he’s selfish… when he sits, he’s soft…it’s that type of no-win hypocritical BS that people dump on him all the time.

    I think a lot of it comes from the fact that when he got signed to that monster deal, the Mets weren’t his first choice and everyone expected him to hit .333 with 40HRs and 135RBI…but LosB was never that guy…he is what he’s been (when healthy).

    MtMF- I don’t know to Beltran is going to react in RF…in CF, you’re first reaction will generally get you going in the right direction and athletic ability will take care of the rest. In the Corner’s you’re initial instinct may send you going in the wrong direction.

    Look at Mike Cameron, he was one of the best CFers in the game but he never did get used to playing in right. That face plant that he had with LosB was because he going hard after the ball like a CFer, not letting the CFer make the play like a corner OFer should have done.

  10. SuperGrover Says:

    Darling looks like he spent the off season with Charlie Sheen,I mean this guy has aged like 7 yrs in one.The goofy hairdo is hiding the fact that’s it’s thinning out.

  11. The Coop Says:

    Hey GUYS! Who wants to do a road opener party at Blondie’s this year???

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