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Monday, July 15, 2013
Wright says Beltran was 'underappreciated'

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- David Wright thinks ex-teammate Carlos Beltran was "in a crazy way, one of the more underappreciated players" he ever played with on the New York Mets.

Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran is batting .309 with 19 homers and 53 RBIs for the Cardinals this season.
Wright and Beltran will start for the NL All-Stars on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Beltran will bat second and patrol right field, with Wright batting cleanup and playing third base.

"He had a couple of monster seasons for us, and was a huge reason why we made it as far as we did in 2006. We came a couple runs from making the World Series, and we don't get close to that without Carlos," Wright said of Beltran on Monday.

"So hopefully [his reception from the fans] is warm. I think it's deserving that the fans give him a nice reception because he was a heckuva player for us, and it's unfortunate that he had the injuries that he did, but he had some monster seasons for us and did a lot for the organization and for me as a player."

Beltran, now with the St. Louis Cardinals, played with the Mets from 2005-11. He hit a career-high 41 home runs in 2006, but is more remembered for how that season ended: He took an Adam Wainwright curveball for a called third strike in Game 7 of the NLCS against St. Louis.

"You think about [being underappreciated], but you don't focus on that," Beltran said. "I think when you look at my career, and you look at the numbers I've put up here, I mean, honestly, I felt that just one pitch or maybe one at-bat doesn't really dictate a career. But if the fans want to see it that way, I have nothing against that."

Asked what kind of reception he expected, Beltran responded: "We will find out when they announce my name."