Finally, a member of the Mets comes out and says how he really feels. Carlos Beltran expressed his feeling after the Mets fell to Pittsburgh as the Pirates completed a three-game sweep.
Relayed via Adam Rubin:
“The reality of this is coming here to Pittsburgh and getting swept, me, I feel embarrassed,” Beltran said.
And more poignantly:
“We have to play better. There’s no doubt we have to play better. I mean, we have to take this personally. It can’t happen. It can’t happen us being able to come here and lose three games just like that. It just can’t happen. Three games with this team — I know they’re a big-league ballclub, but we’re better than them. We’re better than them. And we know we’re better than them, but we have to do something about it.(Nate) McLouth wasn’t there and they still come out and score how many runs — 11? Eleven runs. We have to play better.”
It’s about time.
Don’t get me wrong. These aren’t the words of a leader. Beltran pretty much called out the team for their poor play, but that’s something that needs to be done. I don’t mind Jerry Manuel, but he always seems to be afraid to say something that might irk a player on the team. Beltran, on the other hand, sheds all disregard for other people’s emotions and said something.
No more dancing around the subject or trying to praise everyone after a loss.
I couldn’t be happier. This was a long time coming. Hopefully the players take it to heart.