Beltran on Mets years: “They’ve got to blame the guy who makes the most money”

Carlos Beltran was officially introduced as a Yankee on Friday, and had some harsh words for the Mets. For the first time publicly, Beltran admitted the friction that surfaced between him and the Mets after he skipped a team visit to the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington in 2010, and when the two sides clashed over Beltran’s medical procedures.

“All the controversy about the Walter Reed, the knee — the organization was trying to put me as a player that was a bad apple,” Beltran said. “‘I was this, I was that.’ I can deal with 0-for-4 and three strikeouts and talk to you guys. But when someone is trying to hurt you in a very personal way, trying to put things out there … then we got trouble. Now, it’s personal.

“When they say all that about myself, I was hurt. You cannot believe the organization that signed you for seven years is trying to put you down. In that aspect, I felt hurt.”

Despite all that, Beltran’s legacy in New York still seems to be the called strike three he took against Adam Wainwright in the 2006 National League Championship Series — not the three homers and 1.054 OPS he posted that series, nor the .280/.369/.500 slash line he put up over seven seasons in Flushing, averaging 120 games played per season.

As Marty Noble writes, Beltran finally has a chance to rewrite that legacy — only with a different team. Give it a read.

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