Carlos Beltran says sometimes he misses New York. And sometimes he doesn't.
The St. Louis Cardinals slugger returned to Citi Field on Friday for the first time since he was traded by the New York Mets last summer, concluding a rocky tenure in the Big Apple that included several outstanding seasons and one momentous strikeout.
He says he enjoyed his 6 1/2 seasons with the Mets after signing a $119 million, seven-year contract in January 2005 that brought with it lofty expectations. He only wishes he could have been healthy the entire time and helped the team win a championship.
The Mets came close in 2006, when Beltran took a called third strike with the bases loaded to end Game 7 of the NL championship series against St. Louis.