Serious Consequences: What If Beltran Has Swine Flu?

Michael GanciCorrespondent IJune 3, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 17:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 17, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Recent news has broke that suggests Mets’ outfielder Carlos Beltran is soon to be tested for the virus known as “Swine Flu.” Beltran, who has been out for the last three games, due to what has been called a virus by the Mets, would be the first person in Major League Baseball to be affected.

Many people are starting to wonder what the next move would be if the star outfielder is indeed affected with the aforementioned virus.

We have to remember that a case like this has nothing to do with winning or losing. Fans all know that the Mets would be extremely hurt if Beltran is out, but if he is infected, everyone else might be in danger. That means that Carlos would need to be near the doctors who know how to keep this contained. This could be a life or death situation, and that certainly goes way beyond the game of baseball.

So far, an unidentified Mets’ official has been named as someone who might have the Swine Flu. If this is the case, the likelihood that Beltran is infected would seem to be greater.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that John Maine has been affected by a similar virus. I am not saying that Maine is infected, but it is definitely something that is worth thinking about. If these two guys are sick, they need to be taken away from the team so that everyone else will not be vulnerable.

The bottom line is this. People need to stop talking about whether this will affect the Mets’ chances of winning. It’s not about that. Baseball is just a game, and this could very well be a situation of life or death.

I’ll say my prayers.


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