Embracing Pagan, Awaiting Beltran

Metszilla.comCorrespondent IJune 23, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets looks on during batting practice prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The dark cloud that stalked the 2009 Mets like Max Cady did Sam Bowden in Cape Fear, struck again on January 13th when Carlos Beltran decided to undergo knee surgery.  The bickering that resulted between the Mets front office and Beltran's camp rivaled the type of exchange you might see prior to a paternity test on the Maury Show.  In the end, it was said that Beltran would be able to resume baseball activities from anywhere to 8-12 weeks.  Whew….was that all.

As the 20+ week mark passes, the fascinating updates that included Beltran related activities such as jogging, riding a stationary bike, and baking a cake have finally reached new heights.  Carlos will reportedly start a rehab assignment on Thursday in Port St. Lucie. The Mets slugger, who was hitting .325 and likely on his way to his 3rd straight season of 20 HR/20 SB before hitting the DL to end last season, is on his way back to Queens!!!!  And most fans could care less.  But why?

In his post yesterday, Vinny called Beltran an underappreciated all-star.  I think it’s a fair label because once Beltran signed his 7-year $119 million contract in 2005 (the biggest in franchise history at the time) being an all-star simply was not going to be good enough, he needed to be a $17 million dollar a year all-star.  In the wake of his offseason surgery many fans found it easy to resent Carlos for collecting his big pay check while abstaining from baseball...CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AND MORE LIKE IT HEAD TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: http://www.metszilla.com/?p=2215