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Carlos Beltran’s thoughts while playing first base: “Please, God, hit it somewhere else”

Apr 14, 2014, 9:20 AM EST

Carlos Beltran playing first base AP

Quote of the day territory here. Last night, Francisco Cervelli was covering first base for the Yankees because of injuries to Mark Teixeira‘s, Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts, giving Joe Girardi no other options. Then Cervelli — who himself only had two games experience at first base in his entire professional career — went down with a hamstring injury.

Left with the choice of putting either Ichiro or Carlos Beltran at first base, Girardi chose Beltran. Who did OK, actually. He didn’t have to field any balls hit his way and handled the handful of infield putout throw to first base without incident. But he was nervous about it. Here’s what he had to say after the game:

“In the outfield, I want them to hit it to me. But, today, I was like, please, God, hit it somewhere else.”

But, like I said, he did fine. And he took the position without complaint or hesitation.

Remember back when Beltran played for the Mets and anonymous Mets sources and their buddies in the Mets press corps liked to paint him as selfish? Yeah, that was pretty dumb. 

  1. aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    LOL XD! Beltran’s statement right there is as good as gold.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Why do 99 percent of your posts include “LOL” or “XD”?

      • basedrum777 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        WTF does XD mean?

  2. shaggylocks - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I’m sure most Yankees fans were thinking the same thing.

    • metroplexsouthsider - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      I’d have bunted his a** off. That said, I’m not sure Boston has anybody who knows how to bunt.

  3. apmn - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    The Little League Right Fielder’s Prayer, sometimes attributed to St. Chuck of Knoblauch.

    • moogro - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Via Les Nessman.

  4. mf44srq - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Beltran is channeling his inner Pedro Guerrero…

  5. lazlosother - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    That one worked out pretty well for NY. Beltran didn’t hurt them at first and Ichiro ran down a couple of Ortiz drives that Carlos probably doesn’t get to anymore.

  6. Francisco (FC) - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    “Please, God, hit it somewhere else”

    That would only work if God was at the plate.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    It’s an old truism in baseball that when you’re out of position, the ball will find you. Lucky for Beltran it didn’t this time.

    My one and only game at 2B was an absolute crapfest. It’s a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you’re that far out of position.

    • madhatternalice - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      I catch for my softball team. I had to play 3B one day, and all I could think was, “Are we really better off me with on the corner, as opposed to no one?”

  8. lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    You could almost see the fear in his eyes when Ortiz was batting. Hey man, this team won a World Series with a second baseman who literally couldn’t throw the ball to first base. Stranger things have happened.

    • jerze2387 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      And the nationals were trying to repeat that with a Third baseman who couldnt throw to first either.

  9. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Refreshingly honest. Bravo

  10. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    What was even scarier, though, was after it appeared that solarte was hurt, the Yankees only real option was to put Sabathia in the field somewhere. Fortunately, solarte was well enough to stay in the game.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      I wasn’t worried about Solarte. He had just had to walk it off. He took what is known in medical terms as an “accidental shot in the Yam Bag” from Napoli as he ran past the base. He may be singing a little higher in the showers for a day or two, but he’ll be fine.

    • kevinbnyc - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Sabathia, at least before he lost all the weight, looked like a prototypical first baseman.

  11. timmmah10 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    “Start him there full time NY… I could use the roster flexibility on my fantasy team…”
    -Fantasy baseball guy

  12. jackm1184 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Even when the article has nothing to do with the mets, for whatever reason, you can’t resist taking another shot at them

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      The Mets organization takes cheap shots at their own players, they deserve whatever scorn/ridicule they get.

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      You do know that Beltran once played for the Mets, right? OK so your claim that it “has nothing to do with the mets” is untrue (or is it a rule in Metdom that one must never mention former teams? I think guys in wife-beater shirts in RI have the same rule about ex-husbands.) Was there one tiny thing untrue about the statement on how the Mets played their beloved “anonymous sources” game to paint him as “selfish”? So how is this a “shot at them”? If a factual noting of thier behavior reflects badly on the Mets, I would suggest that says a lot more about the Mets than it does about the person making that note.

  13. Liam - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    The whole first base situation is a pretty big failure on Cashman’s part. Teixeira missed practically all of 2013 and a couple months of 2012 and somehow they went in to the season with a backup 1B platoon of Kelly Johnson (11 career games there) and Cervelli (zero career games there before the season).

    I mean, it’s one thing to have to put your utility guy or backup catcher at first base if Teixeira goes down mid game, but to not even have a decent guy stashed in AAA, that’s just unbelievable mismanagement.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Who exactly should they have signed?

      • spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        St. Louis has two righty first basemen who will never see the Bigs unless both Craig and Adams get hurt. They both had very good Springs, and are off to fast starts in Memphis.

        Liam is correct, not having somebody available to fill in was stupid.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Scott Hatteberg. (I was going to say “Chris Pratt,” but I thought the joke would be missed.)

        Look, there’s a player somewhere. Cashman’s job is to find him.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        St. Louis has two righty first basemen who will never see the Bigs unless both Craig and Adams get hurt. They both had very good Springs, and are off to fast starts in Memphis.

        Ok, trade you Ichiro for them, that work? And is there another Memphis organization that I’m missing?

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=7ab5dfb6

        Xavier Scruggs is hitting .263/.333/.395 in the PCL with a > 3:1 K/BB at age 26.

      • kevinbnyc - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        Mark Reynolds.

      • spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        I hadn’t checked the Memphis stats for a couple of days, but even so, Scruggs is better than nothing. And while I was mostly facecious about the Cards, Butler is tearing it up with a .464 BA, like Scruggs was impressive in ST, and raised eyebrows in the Arizona Fall League. He is playing RF, but looks more like a 1B to me.

        You are correct that Ichiro isn’t going to garner much, but St. Louis might be interested in one of the Yankee young catchers. The Johnson/Beltran alternative is a disaster ready to happen.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Yankees aren’t trading one of their young catchers for a stop-gap. They may not return a star, but they should get a player with a fair contract for his production.

    • anxovies - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      I don’t know much he could have done about it. It’s not like he had the option to sign a FA like Loney or Konerko to do nothing but sit on the bench in case Tex blew up. It was always going to be a gamble, you never know when any player is going to go down. There were IF positions to fill because of Arod’s suspension, Cano’s defection and Jeter’s aging game and you can’t pay a one-deminsional player to sit around on the chance that Tex gets hurt. Johnson provides versatility and power to the lineup, and looks OK when he plays !B.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Seems a little over dramatic. Teixeira’s backup was healthy, just playing elsewhere so that Jeter could have another night off. Getting Cervelli starts there is not a bad idea, either, for several reasons.

      Johnson has been more than competent and will be back there on Tuesday, and the Yankees will bring someone up who can stand on two legs and catch baseballs, the two critical elements of playing first base.

      And Yankee haters can continue to harp on and on about how infield defense, not hitting or pitching, is far and away the most important part of baseball, and how it will inevitably doom the Yankees to last place.

      The rest of us will just wait and see how it plays out.

      • Liam - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Again, Kelly Johnson is a fine backup 1B if the Teixeira gets hurt mid game or they lift him for a pinch runner and need someone there for defense the rest of the game or something like that. But, if he’s the long term backup, that’s not good. He doesn’t hit like a first baseman and he doesn’t have real experience there. Plus it forces Yangervis into the everyday lineup, and as much as I love him so far, I very much doubt his true talent level belongs starting games regularly.

        As far as the comments above, I’m not looking for James Loney or Paul Konerko. Just give me a generic AAAA 1B who has played the position before and can come up and maybe run into a couple homers with Teixeira on the DL. They had Dan Johnson in Scranton last year, would have been fine with him. Having one actual major league caliber 1B in the whole organization when that guy has proven he can’t stay healthy is insanity.

      • spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        One definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake over and over and expecting different results. Expecting/hoping Tex would make it through the season unharmed is foolish.

        New York has actually been lucky to date. The schedule-makers threw them a bone, and their rivals are hurting. To be 7-6 at this point of the season with the foes being Houston, Toronto, Baltimore and Boston, with more games played at home than away is nothing to crow about.

        Being in the AL Least is a boon these days, one might even go so far as to say being in the AL period is fortunate. One can make the argument that there are only 4 very good teams in the AL, while the NL doubles that up with 8.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        One definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake over and over and expecting different results. Expecting/hoping Tex would make it through the season unharmed is foolish.

        GP: ’03 to ’14
        146, 145, 162, 162, 132, 157, 15, 158, 156, 123, 15

        He’s been in the league for 12 years, and only two of those twelve years did he not play more than 130 games. This idea that he’s fragile is absurd.

      • Liam - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Those are the last two seasons though, church. A baseball player becoming injury prone at 32 isn’t impossible. And considering he said before the season his wrist will never be 100%, getting some insurance on his health would have been perfectly reasonable.

        The Scranton AAA team is starting a 3B whose never really hit before in the minors at 1B. It’s not like mediocre 1B who aren’t good enough to start are a rare commodity in baseball, the Yankees should have one.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        It’s entirely possible he may become injury prone, however to say he WAS injury prone is arguing against facts.

        It’s not like mediocre 1B who aren’t good enough to start are a rare commodity in baseball, the Yankees should have one.

        So name them. Also the Yanks have a significant 40 man roster crunch. It’s been an issue all winter with all their signings, so they can’t just keep adding people without dropping others.

      • spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        I never said Tex was fragile. He is recovering from an injury, that by his own admission is still giving him difficulty. But it is foolish to expect ANY 34 year-old player to make it through the season unscathed.

    • cackalackyank - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Agreed. Cashman for dog catcher on this one. @ Church- Two Words- Kendrys Morales.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        @ Church- Two Words- Kendrys Morales.

        So they should give up a draft pick AND sign someone to at least, $10M+ as a backup? Glad you aren’t the Yanks GM.

      • Reflex - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Man, I always forget how winning takes a backseat to money for the Yankees and their fans. Its like the Rays North up there in NYC.

      • cackalackyank - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Yes, damn straight I would, and twice on a Sunday. I guess you are glad to finish 3rd again after spending 450 million bucks? As a GM, Since you have already blown past the L-tax threshold, WHY when the S**T hits the fan would you let one more pick and @ a two year 20 mill stop you? Let’s not kid ourselves, this set of injuries to Teixeira and Co. are much more likely to be the beginning, not the end of their DL time this year. That’s just silly stuff right there, to hang yourself with Mark “Brittlebones” and Brian “My back Hurts”.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        That’s just silly stuff right there, to hang yourself with Mark “Brittlebones”

        GP ’09 to ’13

        Mark Brittlebones – 612
        Kendrys Morales – 493

        Any more bright ideas?

      • cackalackyank - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Morales had one freak incident where he broke his leg. Brittlebones has not made a decent contribution since 2011. SO expecting a guy that shows no indication of getting better and only declining BY HIS OWN ADMISSION to be a lock for 162 games this year was definitely NOT A BRIGHT IDEA. Having a backup plan= ALWAYS a bright idea. Say Hi to Brian for me.

  14. thomas844 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    First base is a position that is very misunderstood. Some people think you could stick any old player there and that it takes no skill, but it’s a position that takes a lot of work to master.

    • sdbunting - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Lucas Duda’s lawyer, ladies and germs!

      (j/k, I actually agree with you)

      • thomas844 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Lol! That was actually a good one

  15. thefranchise13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    At this point, I think the Yankees would be best served by picking up Kendrys Morales, who may be cheap at this juncture of the season.

  16. thefranchise13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    @church they already gave up the draft pick when they signed Ellsbury, McCann, etc.

    Kendrys would cost them a 5th round pick. And a one year deal doesn’t hurt any organization.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      And they got two picks back when Cano and Granderson signed.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      If Morales was willing to take a one year deal, he would have been signed a long time ago.

  17. deedee2die4 - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I like when athletes ash their gods for favors. It’s insightful that a sports outcome could be more important to a god than say, a baby suffering from cancer. Then again, many athletes probably feel they are more important fo thier gods favor. Of course the fans that follow and cheer on these fools are even more ridiculous.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Not sure this is the hill you want to make that stand on. Beltran was using a pretty common phrase. I don’t even believe in any gods anymore, and I’ll still say things like that from time to time when I’m hoping for something to happen/not happen. It’s not an actual prayer.

  18. spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    And it isn’t just me who think the Yankees have been fortunate. Baseball-Reference says only the Orioles and D-Backs have played worse in 2014 than New York.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      What stat are you using to determine that?

      • spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Simple Rating System.

      • spudchukar - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        And a quick check of other AAA rosters show all these guys are performing very well, all First Basemen.

        Jesus Agular (Col)
        Juan Francisco (Tor)
        Andrew Lambo (Pit)
        Ernesto Mejia (Atl)
        Matt Hague (Cin)
        Ji-man Choi (Sea)
        Matt Fields (KC)
        Justin Bour (Mia)
        Mike Jacobs (Ari)
        Clint Robinson (LaD)
        Kyle Blanks (SD)

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      You could say they’ve been fortunate. Or you could be worried about the fact they are playing about as badly as they can and are still in first place.

  19. missingdiz - Apr 14, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    I’m not a Yankees fan. But I did watch most of the game last night. Carlos had a beautiful swing going. And I actually cheered when Ichiro ran down that ball at the fence. There’s a lot to be said for older guys, if there heart is still in it. If they get mostly healthy and catch a hot streak they could make it an interesting summer.

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