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2006 Heartache? Carlos Beltran Says Get Over It, Mets Fans

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Carlos Beltran had some fine moments in New York.

But he had one really, really bad one. And Mets fans haven’t forgotten about it.

With his bat resting on his shoulder, Beltran struck out against the St. Louis Cardinals to dash the Mets’ World Series hopes in 2006.

Tuesday night, at the Baseball Assistance Team’s annual fundraising dinner in New York City, Beltran admitted he’s done thinking about that nasty Adam Wainwright curveball.

And he said Mets fans should be, too.

The Mets sent Beltran to San Francisco before July’s trading deadline, and the outfielder signed with the Cardinals — yes, those Cardinals — this offseason for two years at $26 million.

“I’m not thinking about the fans,” Beltran said, according to “I’m thinking about myself. I’m thinking about my chances of being with a team that I just wanted to have the opportunity to be in the playoffs. What happened in 2006, you have to turn the page. That’s over.

“It’s already been six years. If they want to continue to think about that moment, that’s their problem. But I turned that page. I really moved on.”

Fans’ expectations were through the roof when Beltran signed a seven-year, $119 million contract with New York before the 2005 season.

What they got? A solid player who leaned toward brilliant — when healthy.

“The way they think of me, that’s how they feel, so there’s nothing I can do about it,” he said. “I just have to say that, in my time here, I really enjoyed playing for the Mets. We went through a lot of ups and downs as a team, but I feel, personally, that in the years that I was healthy, I did the best that I could to help the team.”

What do you think of Beltran’s comments? Sound off below…

  • Phil Diaz

    Carlos, You were the best when you were here. Nobody complains about Jason Bey. He got some good money and hasn’t done any thing yet!. you’re still the best to me.

  • Jonathan C

    Beltran wasn’t a nice guy, but he was a great player. The Mets best chance fell by the waistside when he left the bat on his shoulder. But, a healthy Beltran gave the Mets something that we are devoid of now … HOPE.

  • Leo Sullivan

    He was a very good ball player. But if we could go back in time and forseen the future, would we paid that kind of money for what he were to produce? I think not.

  • Larry T.

    Carlos was rock solid when healthy I always felt that something could happen when he was at the plate. In the field, not too many balls got by him.

  • nicole

    Beltran is the definition of NOT being clutch.

  • Judy

    I was sorry to see you leave New York. You are a great outfielder and hitter.
    Good luck in St. Louis. You are missed!!

  • Seronton

    And that was just a ground ball that went through Bill Bickner’s legs, in game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Great players rise to the occassion,, others are a Carlos Beltran.. Sorry Carlos, but you should have got the bat off you shoulder, at least strike out trying. Mets Fans, how many awful pitches did we see Beltran swing at, in the dirt, way outside or high, instead of taking an easy walk? So when we need him swing at a strike, froze like the Lady in the harbor. No I can forget that pitch. One of the top let down moments in Mets history…

  • FE

    As a life long Met fan it was unfortunate to see Beltran hurt so often. When he was healthy he was great to watch. I was at the game and taking that pitch can never be forgotten. The stadium felt like the air was let out of it in one big swoop. I hope he has a good season with the Cards. Beltran seems like a good guy.

  • Paul Flores

    I would take three Carlos Beltrans in my outfield anyday.

    • Nancy

      I agree with U 100%,

  • Kevin

    Let me tell you, way too much blame is put on Beltrain striking out looking to end the season….. I guess all the Met Fans forgot that we wouldn’t even of been in that situation if it wasn’t for the Great year that he had all season… Gold Glove outfield play and Clutch hitting… Beltrain when Healthy performed extremely well for the Mets and he should definitely recieve a 5 minute standing ovation when he returns to Citi Field!!!! Thank you Carlos for giving everything u had for the Mets and ecspecialy the Fans….

  • Nadeem Qasem

    i dont appreciate beltran saying get over it. fact is i wont get over that until we win a world series. we happened the next 2 years after 06 was brutal and we havent even been back to the playoffs since that game. its easy for beltran to get over because he was just here to work on a 7 yr deal and he moves on. we are all lifelong fans of this team

  • Eddy

    @ Michael Gregorett … when you look back at nearly ANY era in Mets history … what do you see? Losers as well. The franchise has never been “great” in any era. Even the 80s … they only won once.

  • Joe

    It’s irresponsible to say that they got a “solid” player. Take a look at the middle years of that contract. That was an elite centerfielder patrolling Shea Stadium.

  • Staten Island Guy

    Bernie Madoff is on the Mets payrole, right? Maybe they could try him out in the outfield. They’ve really got nothing to lose.

  • Andy

    Can you name a better Mets center fielder in the last 20 years? The guy was great – and even put up 41 HR in one year. Best of luck to you Carlos – I really enjoyed watching you the last few years.

  • walter b

    He is sooooo right!

  • Matt

    Beltran was a very good player for the Mets. Unfortunately, when I look back on the Reyes, Wright, Beltran era only one word will come to mind, “losers.”

  • Michael Gregoretti

    I loved ya..If thats all they remember , thats the only game they saw. I cant forget that catch in Houston. Good luck in St Louis. I wish we signed you for 2yrs at 26mil. Isnt that less than what Pelfry is getting.

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