Do you remember in spring training when Carlos Beltran dropped down a first inning bunt in a game against the Cardinals _ and was roasted for it because he didn’t swing away?
Well, just a few minutes ago he bunted with runners on first and second and no outs. AND IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, JUST AS IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO THEN.
Beltran beat out the bunt to load the bases, and the Mets went on to manufacture four runs in the inning.
I’m sure we’ll all ask him about it after the game, and we should _ but not in critical tones.
Beltran defended himself in the spring by saying he was trying to win. The timing was perfect for the bunt, and Beltran pulled it off. When you’re thinking about winning and not being selfish, it’s never a bad play.
Another reason why it was a good play is because the Mets wanted to give Orlando Hernandez as big a cushion as possible in his Mets’ debut.