At this rate, the Winter Meetings are going to be four days of Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney staring at Shin Soo Choo from across the table at a Buffalo Wild Wings.
Carlos Beltran was the latest to find employment late Friday night as he joined ... drum roll please ... the New York Yankees. Because I'm not one for mincing words, or creating slots for words that aren't necessary, I'll only say that this pisses me off. Certainly not because I think that the Yankees signing Carlos Beltran makes a ton of sense ... $15 million a year for a 37 year old rarely makes sense unless steroids become legal again. And it certainly doesn't make sense for a team whose biggest issues seems to be age.
No, my problem is two fold. First off: I had to endure Carlos Beltran in a dog damn Cardinals uniform for two seasons. Now I have to see him adorning the logo stolen from the New York City Police Department? Justin Turner can wear a Yankees uniform. Aaron Heilman can wear a Yankees uniform. Armando Benitez did wear a Yankees uniform. It's all fine with me.
Carlos Beltran, no matter how productive, unproductive, or in between he might turn out to be for the Yankees, can't wear that uniform without stirring a little bit of that fire. It's a fire that is generally frowned upon, and specifically poo-poohed by people who tell me that I should just "get over it". Beltran represented hope ... the breakthrough to the other side that had eluded our baseball team for so long. This was before he represented little more than a single strikeout that ... sorry to say ... will never be completely put to rest until the Mets win a pennant. (This is why Red Sox fans should have an easier time seeing Jacoby Ellsbury in a Yankee uniform ... he won. And he was a mere supporting cast member while Beltran, you could argue, was the face of the Mets at any given time.)
Add in the wrinkle of all those rumors that I tried to ignore and stash ... the ones that had Beltran practically begging to become a Yankee before he settled for Queens. Didn't want to believe it. But now that Beltran has finally become a Yankee, it forces me to open my eyes and realize that this was in the "cards" all along. That this was, in fact, the third time Beltran made a play to become a member of the cult.
Friend of Beltran's says he is "over the moon" to finally be a Yankee.— David Waldstein (@DavidWaldstein) December 7, 2013
So you see, it's not only because he's a Yankee. But it's because it's obviously his lifelong dream that we got in the way of. The guy who was not only our great hope, but the guy that gave us a marketing slogan for crissakes. (Remember "The New Mets"?) And now he's a Yankee. And not only that. he's "over the moooooooooooooooon!" Great. Now we have to hear during his introductory press conference that it's been his dream to play for the Yankees since he was in f*cking grade school. Get a room.
I know, I know. Get over it. You all would probably rather discuss whether Lucas Duda should bat fifth or sixth in the lineup. But that leads me to my second, and perhaps infinitely more important reason to hate this ... If Carlos Beltran had signed with the Royals like I thought he would, they would have been open to trading Billy Butler, who has a very affordable $10 million a year contract to pay out for two seasons. The Mets ... who you might have heard signed an outfielder of their own ... could have built on that momentum and continued on building their "Red Sox Model" by making a bold move and trade for Butler, making Mets fans ... and David Wright ... very happy.
But nooooooooooooooooo. We're stuck with conversations about where to bat Lucas Duda in the lineup. Because we're stuck with him. The winter is about dreams. And my dream of Billy Butler in Flushing died when Beltran agreed to join the Yankees. So you see, I'm not merely a whiny, sentimental fool. So bite me.
But hey, Curtis Granderson is a New York Met. And he's four years younger than Beltran. And I bet he will never, ever, strike out with the winning runs on base in Game 7 of a National League Championship Series. Probably because he'll never be in that position, but that's semantics. What I wrote yesterday still holds ... except of course for the part about Billy Butler.
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