OK OK OK...I know, that was pretty mean but this is the like eight millionth time this dude has sat with some kind of "ailment" that he doesn't DL for.
According to the linked article, Shirley Beltran has not only been sitting for the past two games, but has no intentions of playing either doubleheader game NOR the game on Sunday (well, to be fair, "playing" has not been ruled out either).
Let's just wax intellectual about that for a moment...
Beltran, the $119 million man, has to "think" about playing.
Let me make sure *I* am crystal clear on this. Beltran has two games and is planning on sitting out an additional one to the one for today. Add Sunday's "possibility" and this is five games.
FIVE FUCKING GAMES PEOPLE.
Willie, Omar, I beg of thee - if you don't DL Beltran NOW or at the very least retroactively, I will pull a PETA stunt in front of Shea. OK, maybe not that drastic but I can think of five occasions that this has happened in the past few years. I'm sure most of us can. Some people applaud when a.) Beltran plays hurt or b.) begs out of the line up but does not DL. ENOUGH. He hurts the team when he plays hurt and guess what - he hurts the team if he and his mole take up a roster space.
I think it is most evident that Beltran just begs out when he actually has to perform. Like this weekend, I think it goes without saying this Nats series is an extremely crucial series, two extremely crucial series that the Mets desperately need to set a tone with. Beat up the bad teams and hold their own against the better teams. We took two out of three against the Bucs (though thursdays loss was a tough one, even without Oh Pea). We lost last night's game to the Nats and Mike Bacsik (WTF?). We desperately need to win and honestly folks, with Pelf going tonight, I think The Coop is going to pull a Jose Lima Time and start drinking. Heavily.
Last year, Beltran begged out of the lineup during a series against the Braves. This year - how many times has he done it?
Either DL him or, you know, here's an idea: take some Massengill and shut the F up, Shirley. I'm sick of you. You fucking pussy. No wonder we named a cocktail after you.
Hey -- at least Stings is getting a lot of playing time out of this fucking guy. But Shirley should start earning his paycheck.
Updated after Saturday night's game:
Willie, in typical Willie wisdom, sends Tom Glavine up to pinch hit in a 1-run game, bottom of the game, 1 out.
To quote Denis Leary - what the fuck is that about??????
I know the bench must be decimated due to the craziness of the game, not to mention being the second half of a doubleheader. But COME ON. Someone else has GOT to be there! SassDawg did try to make the best out of a bad situation...saying that if Glavine DID come in to pitch the 10th...it could be his 300th. Well, he'd get it one way or another.
But come one, Heilman was doing well, just use HIM. Please.
But this is just to say -- if BELTRAN was DL'd...we could have ANOTHER bat sitting on the bench to hit in the 9th. I mean, if he's just sitting there, and quote-unquote NOT INJURED...why isn't he getting the at-bat?