My Greatest Enemy is My Inner Me

This blog will tell the story of an up-and-coming young black man in his 20's

Friday, October 20, 2006

A night in the life of Carlos Beltran

I quasi-jacked the name of today's post from Organized Noise, only because my subject will be about Carlos Beltran.

Most of you all don't know him.

If you're a sports fan, you've at least heard of the name.

If you're a New York Mets fan, you're probably not too fond of him right now.

Beltran is a Center Fielder for the Mets, and is considered to be one of the best players in baseball today. He is in the mold of Willie Mays or Barry Bonds in his prime, with the perfect combination of power and speed and defense. The Mets believed that he was so much of a great player that they signed him with a contract to the tune of 119 million dollars over 7 years (yep, 17 mil per year). So you would consider him a superstar, and superstars come through in the clutch, right?

Well last night, his team was down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth. This was the 7th game of the NLCS between the Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals, and most you know that 7th game is the final game of any series, often referred to as the "Do or Die" or "Sudden Death" game. Whoever wins, goes to the Championship Round (known as the World Series), whoever loses, goes home. Beltran was up to bat, but he had two strikes against him. If he gets a single, more than likely 2 runs would score, tying the game. If he cracks a double, 3 runs might score and he wins the game for his team and is a hero.

The pitcher for the Cardinals throws a pitch, and it is thrown right over the plate.

Strike 3.

The game is over, and the Cardinals win the game, and the NLCS.

"Superstar" Beltran never took the bat off of his shoulder. He simply watched the ball sail into the catchers' mitt.

Kids, as well as adults, were seen in the stands crying. I know the feeling. Most of you all heard that my Chicago Cubs were only 5 outs away from going to the World Series in 2003, but a fan named Steve Bartman interfered with a Cubs player who tried to catch a ball going into the stands. This rattled the Cubs pitcher, who lost his composure, and subsequently, the game.
It's ok, right? Beltran can come back next year and have the chance again?
Hold your horses. Many players play for many years and never get a chance. Ernie Banks, known as Mr. Cub, played for 18 years and never played in the playoffs, let alone the World Series. The Cubs have not been to the World Series since 1945. That's 61 years, folks.

So now "Superstar" Beltran is left to ponder "what if" for the entire offseason. Maybe for the rest of his life he never makes it back to the playoffs.

So my point of today's post is, to take a swing. You may never know if that is your only shot. Even if you strike out, at least you took the chance.

I wrote this post for you all, but I think I wrote it more for myself.

Have a good weekend all.

Thanks for Reading,
Robert Mack


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, this sound like the same ish I been telling you all along. Glad to see your finally feeling it for yourself kid. Keep up the growth.

Fri Oct 20, 01:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Smooth said...

Sorry that anonymous post was from me

Fri Oct 20, 01:31:00 PM  
Blogger Hoodoo's Hostess said...

Since you said you wrote this post more for yourself than for us... I want to know what it is you getting ready to do, take a swing at?

Rob Mack,you are up to something and you better share it with us, LOL!

Good post, and your message is clear: "Just Do It."

Fri Oct 20, 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger TTD said...

i love this post..

organized noise is sooo upset right now.... and i'd be super pissed too since he didn't even take a swing..

but back to the post.. the message is really good.. and i agree w/ it 100%

Sat Oct 21, 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger Tenacious said...

Is this about the office girl? I told you what you need to do...*lol*

I'm feeling this though, ok the sports reference went COMPLETELY over my head you know I don't know a thing about sports, but I did get the message.

Hey take chances, make mistakes, get messy...ah the wisdom of Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus...Been doing this for what, ages, now?

Sat Oct 21, 02:26:00 PM  
Blogger G. Mo said...

See maaaaaaan... I was doing aiiight 'til I came upon this post. As a true Mets fan I was just starting to get over my anger from the huge disappointment the other night.

If you're up to bat and the pitch is anywhere near the strike zone... you gotta swing!!!!!

Sun Oct 22, 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Dynasty said...

Great delivery...

Mon Oct 23, 08:00:00 AM  
Blogger Knockout Zed said...

Carlos Beltran is a Puerto Rican Republican. I've hated his ass for years. Fuck him and go Tigers!


Mon Oct 23, 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger 1969 said...

I am a HUGE METS FAN. Born and raised.


Mon Oct 23, 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger NegroPino™ said...

HOw do u think i feel about my Red Sox?

Mon Oct 23, 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Miz JJ said...

Not a huge baseball fan, but that story sounds terrible. I agree with 1969.

Mon Oct 23, 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger T. Cas said...

Look at Mack come through with the metaphors. I like it.

Mon Oct 23, 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger SynSational said...

Great post...and for the most part, I really needed to hear this. Will explain in detail later.

Mon Oct 23, 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger The Mistress said...

Sorry, baseball is the biggest snoozefest ever. I cannot watch it. Ever.

I'm glad it's almost NBA time though!!!!

Mon Oct 23, 11:15:00 PM  
Blogger Organized Noise said...

Rob . . . I just had a great weekend that made me forget all about what happened Thursday night and what do I encounter when I return from my little trip . . . A DAMN REMINDER OF WHY I WAS UPSET IN THE FIRST PLACE . . . ok . . . I'll remain calm and I'm just going to leave this page and when I come back tomorrow, there will be a totally different post here.

Mon Oct 23, 11:23:00 PM  
Blogger Curlycurvynervy said...

The point is well noted...excellent lesson to be learned. You can never succeed or fail if you never try. But you can spend a lifetime wondering what would have happened if you had....Deep, Mack, and on a Monday too..Color me impressed

Mon Oct 23, 11:38:00 PM  
Blogger Robert L. Mack said...

Very busy right now at the work spot. Hopefully I'll be posting something today


LOL. Its all good, thanks cuz. I took a swing over the weekend. struck out 3 times. Well I struck out twice, and grounded out. LOL.

Jo Jo D.
I'm not up to anything. Not this time anyway.

Again, I feel his pain. I'm a freakin' Cubs fan!

That's why I tried to break it down as best as I could so all of the non-sports people could understand it. You got the message though. I don't remember much of the Magic School Bus though. Was that on channel 11? PBS?

My bad, sorry to open up the wound. The Mets were probably the only team I wanted to win, so they could stick it in the Yankees face. I dont care who wins now.

Thanks. I messed up a lil, but Blogger was acting funny so I said eff it, the point was still made effectively.

Leave it to you to have a different take on it Zed. Go Tigers but tell Kenny Rogers to stop cheatin! LOL

Hey at least you have the 1986 championship, and you all went to the WS in 2000. What do I have? Nothing as a Cubs fan. 5 freakin' outs away from the world series.

HEY - at least you all won it all just 2 years ago. Again, I have nothing.

Miz JJ
Thanks. I need to check out your blog huh?

Thanks. I got this post that I'm working on that you'll love then. I was going to do it this week but I got busy, I might save it for next monday. Stay tuned.

Ok then, I'll be looking forward to it babe...

Sorry, I hope you didnt snooze thru my blog when you read it! Yep NBA in less than a week. GO BULLS!

O. Noise
My Bad. I still havent wrote anything yet. very busy, man....Ill try to get something new up for you though. But you all have a good team, Pedro going down really messed it up for you. You all have that left side tandem of Wright and Reyes for at least the next 10 years. You'll definitely be back in my opinion.

Hey you. That was the point. Wow I impressed you. Now impress me by opening up your comments section. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wed Oct 25, 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger Curlycurvynervy said...

Hey yourself!
Them comments is open...Holla!

Wed Oct 25, 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger Miz JJ said...

I have updated my blog. You should swing by.

Wed Oct 25, 02:32:00 PM  
Blogger *snake*bite* said...

Reading this makes me think of so many things to update my blog with.
Hope you had a good weekend!

Thu Oct 26, 04:09:00 AM  
Blogger Tenacious said...

@ Mr. Mack

Yeah PBS...I watched it when Malcolm Jamal Warner did the voice of the Black Guy at the end of the episode that would answer viewer's questions *lol*

Oh Thank you...I typed that at work as people pissed me the hell off. I guess my writer's block is over

I am so serious. I have yet to meet a light skinned LaToya *and I mean like red-bone light not that "I was light skinned when I was a baby" light* I bet she had nappy hair didn't she? A LaToya is not escaping from that...

I was so surprised at dude. I swear I heard him wrong and if I wasn't already on parole *lol* I would have slapped him. And no he was 25. As he kept saying in the conversation.

Ah the family "hoe" gotta love her warped thinking. And LOL I think those are Chicago lines No One out here have any idea what Im talking about, they think I'm for real, like it's a scientific study or something.

I don't think you'd ever get beggar's puss ;-)

Thu Oct 26, 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Royce's Daughter said...

I so hate baseball...but ummmm I do like Lupe Fiasco *shrug* LOL!!

Thu Oct 26, 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger Nika Laqui said...

YOU know I hate baseball, thats why it took me so long to read this....

You could very well used the analogy of FOOTBALL, even Basketball, hell BOXING...

But just as baseball is boring, so is this post, execpt for the last couple of sentences...*lol*

Fri Oct 27, 07:23:00 AM  

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