Wow, what a way to make a statement. Today’s big win over John Smoltz and the Braves would not have been possible if not for the efforts of first baseman Carlos Delgado.
Delgado launched a pair of homeruns today and we’re talking huge blasts, not the the garden variety homers the Mets have been hitting this month. What was most impressive was the opposite field shot which put the Mets up 4-0 at the time. His second one came in the seventh inning with nobody on base and hit the scoreboard.
And yet as fans were filing out of Shea Stadium after the game, it wasn’t just Delgado’s homers they were talking about, as much as his snub of the fans who demanded a curtain call. Delgado knew the fans wanted one but he decided that his efforts were not worthy of a curtain call. At least that’s what he said afterward. Hmm… I wouldn’t blame him one bit if he was holding a grudge against the fans for the way they have been booing him over the last two homestands…
I remember Carlos Beltran going through the same situation a couple of years back, and eventually he was urged by Julio Franco to got out and tip his hat which he ultimately did. However, nobody was urging Delgado to do any such thing today, not even his buddies Wright and Beltran.
I don’t have an opinion either way, I’m just hoping that we get more of today;s Carlos Delgado the rest of the way. I’m easy like that..