Found December 23, 2011 on Faith and Fear:
In his career, he was — among other things — an Astro, a Giant and a Met. He stood in the batter’s box representing the last shred of doubt as to where a hard-earned National League flag would fly. If he succeeded, his team would know life and a possible world championship. If he didn’t, there’d be a lasting image of triumph for somebody else and a lingering legacy of what might have been for him, his franchise and its legion of fans. As it turned out, he experienced a series-ending third strike from the worst vantage point possible. And six years later, he wound up a part of the team that once upon a time made him a famous final victim. So went the story of Kevin Bass, 1986/1992. So goes the story of Carlos Beltran, 2006/2012. Eerie, huh? Beltran is winging his way to St. Louis, about to become a Cardinal a half-dozen years after succumbing to the Cardinals. That would have been weird if this were, say, December 2008 or 2009. It would have been Too Soon. But it’s about to be six ye...

3 ways the Giants could have signed Carlos Beltran

The big bat on just about every Giants fan Christmas list just signed with the Cardinals for a very reasonable 2 year $26 million deal. When the news of the years and money involved broke over twitter, a justified freak out session broke out among Giants fans, why couldn't the Giants swing this deal? It would have been understandable if the Giants didn't want...

The Giants are the Losers of the Beltran Derby (Beltran to the Cardinals)

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Beltran to Cardinals

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Carlos Beltran, Cardinals agree to 2-year contract

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Getting over Albert: Cards sign Carlos Beltran for $26 million

They say a good way to help yourself get over a breakup is to date someone new. And the slugger St. Louis Cardinals fans will be seeing for the next two seasons is pretty hot. Rather than sulk over the loss of Albert Pujols, the Cardinals went out and bought outfielder Carlos Beltran, one of the best hitters on the free agent market. Derek Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch broke...

Deal Not Quite Monstrous Up Close

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The Cardinalsdid a good job of compensating for Albert Pujols' free-agent defection by signing outfielder Carlos Beltran to a two-year contract worth $26 million.

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It was a short eight days ago, that I had an epiphany: the Indians should be waiting out the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. At age 35 coming off his best year in a while, there could be a concern giving him big money and a long term commitment. With Josh Willingham taken off the board by the Minnesota Twins, my rationale then as to why the Tribe and Beltran could work: if the years...
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