Found January 24, 2012 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
This afternoon at the B.A.T. Dinner in Manhattan, Carlos Beltran spoke with reporters and, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, talked about his transition to the St. Louis Cardinals and how Mets fans might react, and said: “Actually, I’m not thinking about the fans, I’m thinking about myself. I’m thinking about my chances of being with the team.  Like I said, I just want to have the opportunity to be in the playoffs.  What happened in 2006, you have to turn the page.  That’s over.  We can’t bring 2006 back to 2012. It has been six years. If they want to continue to think about that moment, then that’s their problem.  Like I said, I have turned the page. I have really moved on.” Michael Baron: Beltran is absolutely right – it’s time to turn the page and move on from 2006 at this point. His career in New York has been marred by the called third strike against Adam Wainwright in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS and this bogus perception that he is a selfish player, and that is entirely

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