200 Miles From the Citi

January 17, 2010 7:25 AM

SUNDAY PAPER (Year 2, Volume III)

Beltran_Just_Looking.JPGI am so mad at Carlos Beltran.

First of all, I've never quite forgiven him for taking strike three with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th of Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.  Not the stuff $100-million baseball players are made of.

And now this surgery thing, which rubs me the wrong way.

I'm not going to question whether this is something he could have played through, or if it's something he should have decided to do right when last season ended.

If it's something that acted up while he was working out preparing for this season, there's really nothing that could have been done to avoid it.

But it's the way he went about it that raises eyebrows.  It doesn't seem like he approached it through the correct avenues.

And that has an element of sneakiness to it. 

It seems like a move made by someone nearing the end of a contract, thinking about that next big contract...possibly the last one of a productve career.

It doesn't seem like a move by someone committed to winning with the team they are currently with.

And in the situation the Mets are in right now, they need players to overachieve - to be 100% committed to being on the field and winning in 2010.

They're not getting that from Carlos Beltran.  It's not a good sign for 2010.

Beltran will miss - at the very least - most of April.  Who knows how much longer than that he'll be out.

Once again, just like in Game 7, he won't be swinging the bat when the Mets need him most.

*With all due respect to Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News, I have my own dweebs of the week:  Beltran, Lane Kiffin, Mark McGwire, and Jay Leno.

*I can't tell you how angry this Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien situation makes me.  I spent a lot of time watching Conan when I worked overnights in the TV business, and I think he's hilarious.  I never liked Leno.  It drives me nuts that Leno agreed to this whole step-down plan, and now he's totally going back on it.  I don't care what NBC's involvement is...Leno needs to keep his word in all of this.  To make it worse, Conan has come out of this looking terrible - people are bad-nouthing his reaction.  When he's totally getting jobbed!  It leaves a bad taste in my mouth - I hope Conan gets picked up somewhere good, and routs everyone else in the ratings.  It's funny all of this is going on at the same time Kiffin bolted Tennessee, because Leno did exactly what college football coaches have been doing the past decade or so.  A contract, apparently, means nothing,

*I've said it before, I'll say it again...I'm feeling good about the Jets' chances today.  Can't wait until gametime.  Got some friends in town, you may know them better as the Southern Bureau, Justin from NYC, and Dave in Brighton.  It's the first time we've watched a Jets game together and the stakes couldn't be higher.  They're treating it like a social experiment, observing a rabid Jets fan in his natural environment.

A Member Of