Beltran Responds To Criticism Over Walter Reed Trip

An article by posted on September 8, 2010

Update 5:00 PM

Beltran responded after Wednesday’s 3-2 rubber-game win against the Nationals to why he did not join his teammates during the visit to Walter Reed. Beltran had a prior commitment in which he is helping to build a new school in Puerto Rico according to Adam Rubin, and he had already made a previous visit to a military hospital earlier in the season.

“I don’t know who is creating this issue. This offseason I went to visit the veteran hospital in New York. It’s not that I’m against it. I actually went with Fred Wilpon. … And I wanted to go, but I had my own things to do.”

Also, Luis Castillo said he was too squeamish to attend, and Oliver Perez said he doesn’t have to respond to non-baseball issues.

 Original Post 10:30 AM

Yesterday, when the Mets made time to go visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center, three players were prominently missing; Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo.

The Mets planned the non-mandatory trip to honor and thank our brave and wounded service men and women who have made huge sacrifices to defend our liberty.

As Anthony McCarron of the Daily News writes,

The event also offered some perspective on the Mets’ relationship with the three most prominent players who skipped the non-mandatory event – Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. All three have had issues with the Mets recently.

I would have liked to have seen every Mets player attend the non-mandatory event, but I do caution everyone from singling out Castillo, Beltran and Perez simply because it appears there were other Mets who didn’t attend as well and were not mentioned in the article.

I always have a problem with stories like this especially when the words “the three most prominent players” are used to single out a chosen few.

Prominent based on what?

Also, the Mets simply could have made the event mandatory and therefore eliminated the possibility of a negative news story stemming from what was supposed to be a positive event.

I’m not trying to downplay the circumstances, but if you are going to write about players who did not attend this non-mandatory function, wouldn’t the right thing be to name all of them?

These types of stories always seem to find a way of evolving into something ugly that has nothing to do with baseball, but instead gives platforms to those who may want to make unfair and irrelevant cases based on character or even worse things. I’m not looking forward to listening to the talking heads later today.

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