Carlos Beltran took a called third strike to end the NLCS and was asked about it this afternoon.
No way to do I, or anybody who knows anything about the game, blame Beltran for the Mets not winning. The Mets had several opportunities to win not only that game, but others in the NLCS. It’s never about one play or pitch.
And, nobody really cares it was a called strike instead of a swing-and-miss. And, if he had swung it would have been awkward and late and he probably would have popped out anyway.
Beltran was beaten on a tremendous pitch.
Sports is unscripted drama with profound and suddent swings of emotion. Any good drama has characters that face conflict, and the Mets’ season ended with a classic one-on-one duel.
The story isn’t that Beltran was frustrated, but how he dealt with that frustration.