Brian Wilson On National TV: Mets’ Carlos Beltran ‘More Than Welcome’ On Giants
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NEW YORK (WFAN) – Through his massive black beard, Giants closer Brian Wilson whispered a few sweet somethings Tuesday to Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran — on national television.
Wilson was introducing the National League lineup to those watching the All-Star Game on Fox when he came upon Beltran in the No. 2 spot.
“Carlos Beltran, the guy’s a phenomenal hitter, a switch hitter,” Wilson said. “There’s talks of him coming over to the Giants. More than welcome. Come on over, pal.”
“I didn’t see that,” Beltran said after the NL’s 5-1 win. “I know there have been a lot of rumors in different cities. Everywhere I go … I might end up in this city, in that city. But right now, I’m in New York, and we’re playing good baseball.”
After he notched the save for manager Bruce Bochy, Wilson wouldn’t back down from his introduction antics.
“You know, talking facts. I guess we’re in talks and we’re talking about Beltran,” said Wilson. “He’s a pretty awesome hitter … I have no qualms about it. Come on over. I don’t want to be the guy that’s traded, though. OK? Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.”
The Mets announced they traded their high-priced closer, Francisco Rodriguez, to the Brewers shortly after the game. Dealing K-Rod might be the first of many moves for general manager Sandy Alderson as the cash-strapped Mets try to rein in payroll.
“It’s probably just a matter of time,” Beltran said before the game, according to the New York Post. “Right now, though, I’m part of the New York Mets.”
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