Carlos Beltran is smiling

May, 12, 2011
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Carlos Beltran homered three times for the first time in his career Thursday.


Carlos Beltran has produced no shortage of achievements during a 13-year major league career, including matching Barry Bonds' record with eight postseason homers as a Houston Astro in 2004 before signing that megadeal with the New York Mets.

Still, Beltran wondered if he would ever homer three times in a game.

Yes, he would. It took until his 1,662nd game, as the days to the July 31 trading deadline and the time remaining in his Mets career appear dwindling.

Beltran homered three times for the first time in his career Thursday, each time with Willie Harris on board, as the injury-depleted Mets -- playing without Ike Davis and David Wright -- beat the Colorado Rockies, 9-5, at Coors Field.

"I was always wondering, 'How's it feel for those players to get three homers in a game?'" Beltran said. "It feels great. ... Being able to [do] something like this, I feel like a little kid, honestly. I was smiling. I never smile a lot, but I was smiling. I was happy."

Read Beltran's full reaction here, including what Beltran told Harris before his third homer, which came off ex-Met Matt Lindstrom, here.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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