Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/23/13

NEW YORK - JULY 27: Founder/Executive Director of NYILFF Calixto Chinchilla (L) and General Manager of the New York Mets Omar Minaya arrive at the Premiere of 'La Republica De Baseball: Los Gigantes Dominicanos' during the New York International latino Film Festival on July 27, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for NYILFF)
Omar Minaya is rooting hard for Carlos Beltran to get that World Series Ring, Reports Bob Klapisch of The Record. “I feel great for Carlos, because I still think he was the best center fielder of his time,” Minaya said by telephone Tuesday. “I’ve known him since high school in Puerto Rico and he’s always been that same person: not just a great ballplayer, but a great human being. When people like that get to the World Series, it makes you feel proud.” Minaya has no hard feeling towards the Wilpons, whom he said had little choice but to fire him and Jerry Manuel after the collapse in Flushing was beyond repair. “We did have a great thing going, but in New York, you have to win. I get that,” Minaya said. “We had a great season in ’06, but to lose the way we did in ’07 and ’08 at the very end … when you go out like that two years in a row, changes have to be made.” I’m amazed at how many Met fans still define Beltran’s career by that one at-bat, seemingly ignoring the fact he carr
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