On Mets, hospitals and inspirations
You may recall a piece on Mets.com last month detailing the inspirational story of Jeriel Rodriguez, a 13-year-old cancer patient who struck up a friendship with Carlos Beltran and his wife, Jessica. If not, I’d suggest giving it a read.
Earlier this week, Jeriel was admitted to a local hospital in Falls Church, Va. for another round of chemotherapy. Jessica Beltran, who regularly communicates with the boy through Facebook, found out about it, prompting Carlos Beltran to make the drive Wednesday morning from Washington, where the Mets are playing, to Falls Church.
The previous day, he and his Mets teammates made their annual pilgrimage to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, where they paid their respects to wounded veterans. They also made headlines, of course, due in large part to last year’s media fiasco involving Beltran, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez. At the time, Beltran took heat for not making the hospital visit with his teammates, though he later revealed he was doing work for the opening of his baseball academy in Puerto Rico.
For that misunderstanding, he was criticized. Yet when Beltran quietly takes time out of his morning to visit a 13-year-old cancer patient, it is a footnote. That’s wrong.
On this day, to one boy at least, Beltran was a hero. And that’s something worth noting.
—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.