Just One Thought
Aaron Heilmann lost the series in '06 when that whey-faced, disloyal, swine merchant piece of pig feces gave up a home run to a guy batting about .215. Beltran got blamed for taking a twelve to six world class curveball on a 3-2 count. Hitting that pitch in that situation was a hell of a lot harder than getting goddamn Molina out. As Bill James has pointed out, teams and fans and sportswriters usually blame the best players on their roster when they don't win, frequently overlooking the fact that they wouldn't be playing in that game in the first place if not for the contributions during the season of the players in question. Heilmann could have been replaced during that year and the Mets still would have gotten to that last game. Replacing Beltran contributions that year? Not likely. Thank you all for letting me rant. This issue will continue to piss me off when the priest is standing over me speaking my eulogy.