It has arrived. Our leader.
Before the season began, I read an article that explained why it was Carlos Beltran's season to step up big. He was ready. If he can just put it all together...
And put it together he has.
Leadership has been described as the “process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. Well, you can throw that definition out the window. If you want to know what a leader is and what exactly leadership means then you might want to check out number 15 on the New York Mets. This player hits like a mobster, runs like a nose with allergies and covers center field like a warm blanket. Carlos Beltran is being aggressive on the base paths -- stealing third for him is becoming a common sight in the late innings of games -- and like Ghandi said, "his actions speak louder than his words." Who knew Ghandi was a Mets fan?
A lot of talk has been made on the Phillies-Mets rivalry and how up until this season it was exciting to see who would state "we are the team to beat." But it never happened in 2009. Nobody claimed it. Well, the Phillies really didn't have to; they WERE the Champions. But maybe it's happening right now...
Carlos Beltran, with his play, is telling the Marlins, the Braves and the Phillies that the Mets are what to contend with. (Sorry Washington...give yourself a few years). Beltran hit an opposite-field double in the ninth tonight, with the game tied, then stole third and eventually scored the go-ahead run. According to WFAN analysts, Beltran saw from second base that the catcher wanted the off-speed pitch; he got it and so did Beltran. Although he appeared out when he slid it into the bag, the umpire called him safe.
Beltran stood up and happily wiped the dirt off his not-so-white pants. That's fine, as long as he knows that he signed an unwritten contract with his play the past few weeks; something he can't shake off.
Beltran, meet Leadership.