On Wednesday, September 8th, 2010, the New York Mets visited Walter Reed Army Hospital, in Washington D.C.. All but three players on the active roster showed to display their appreciation to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. The three who chose not to go were Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo and Carlos Beltran. I would guess that the Carlos Delgado influence has continued.
If anyone recalls, and as an American citizen, Carlos Delgado refused to stand for the Star Bangled Banner during his time in the major leagues to protest the United States Navy's gunnery practice on the island of Vieques, which is near Puerto Rico. While I have had concerns about the possible contamination of the island, protests eventually led to the Navy's departure in 2003. Today the former Navy land is a national wildlife refuge, with numerous beaches that still retain the names given by the Navy, including Red Beach, Blue Beach, Green Beach and others. The beaches are commonly listed among the top beaches in the Caribbean for their azure-colored waters and white sands. So, Carlos and his hip cannot be too unhappy about the final results.
However, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo are another story and are way, way off base in this matter. They both were given golden opportunities to play major league baseball and make a fortune, that most of us would give an appendage for. In this case, the Soldiers, Marines and Sailors did sacrifice their bodies so the rest of us could live in relative safety. They volunteered to place themselves in harm's way for an ideal they all believed in, the United States of America. If it were not for their ability to play baseball, and be paid handsomely for doing very little, thank you Omar Minaya, where would Perez and Castillo be? The two of them should remember from once they came. They could both have easily stayed in their home countries. If they had, not only would the New York Mets be better off, but who knows what they would be doing. Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo should be ashamed of themselves for taking money with giving very little in return, but more importantly, they have grossly disrespected the men and women of the United States Armed Services. How sad I feel for them for not having any personal honor or gratitude.
Carlos Beltran is another story. As a Puerto Rican, he is a United States citizen. For his entire life he has had the freedom to do what he wanted, thanks to the The Jones Act, which was a 1917 statute sponsored by Representative William Atkinson Jones, which concerned the government of Puerto Rico and conferred U.S. citizenship on Puerto Ricans. The young men and women in Walter Reed Army Hospital, of any ethnic background, gave more than Beltran will ever give in ten thousand lifetimes. He should absolutely be ashamed of himself. If he wants to say that the current situations in Iraq and Afghanistan are not his responsibility, he is also way off base, especially that he, like me, is a citizen of the United States of America. Beltran also has made a fortune playing major league baseball, despite a constant display of failure in the clutch, see Adam Wainwright, and a history of being on the sideline with injuries. He is gutless and is spitting on the Stars and Stripes, and on the graves of all the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep the country safe. I can only imagine what Beltran is going to do on the ninth anniversary of 9/11.
The three aforementioned players need to be discarded asap. Now there is one more item to add to the list of reasons for the New York Mets, playing in the United States of America, to rid the franchise of three despicable beings. They have not only stolen money from the Wilpons, but have shown a lack of respect for the USA and the military personnel who have fought for the country.
Roberto Clemente would be ashamed to the associated with any of these so-called major league players in anyway, shape or form.
Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Carlos Beltran need to be shipped far, far away. I would think that even the Klingons or the Borg would not take them because they have no honor.