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New York Yankees RF Carlos Beltran: I Just Want That One World Series Ring

February 17th, 2014 at 3:55 PM
By Doug Rush

Last season, Carlos Beltran got his first taste of playing in the Fall Classic with the St. Louis Cardinals, but fell short of his first championship when they were defeated by the Boston Red Sox.

After spending two seasons in St. Louis, Beltran wanted one last chance at an opportunity to win a championship before his career is over, which is what lead to Beltran choosing to sign a three-year, $45 million deal with the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals. Now in the Bronx where he wanted to be almost 10 years ago, he's looking to win that one World Series that has alluded him his entire career.

“Hopefully we can help this team win a championship,” Beltran said after working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex Monday for the first time. “I know Jeter has a lot of championships, but I don’t have [any]. Hopefully, I can win one.”

Before the 2013 World Series, the closest that Beltran had come to getting to the World Series was back in 2006 when the New York Mets fell to the Cardinals in seven games; Beltran was the final batter and got called out on a strike three from an Adam Wainwright curveball. Since then, it's been a lot of close encounters and missed opportunities, plus a Mets tenure that ended with bad blood and a trade to the San Francisco Giants.

Back in 2005, Beltran had offered to take a discount to play with the Yankees and follow in the footsteps of his long-time idol in Bernie Williams as the center-fielder of a team he grew up liking, but it wasn't meant to be then, as Williams manned center field for another two seasons and chose to pursue pitching instead that offseason and thus, Beltran ended up with the Mets on a seven-year, $119 million deal. Beltran said it felt great to finally be on the team he always wanted to play for, but isn't trying to get caught up in the hype of being a Yankee and the tasks it enlists.

“No, no, no,” Beltran said. “I trained hard this offseason to put myself in a position where I’m healthy. … I don’t want to get caught up into thinking too much or trying come here and impress. I don’t need to impress nobody. I just need be smart. I know if I’m healthy, at the end of the year, everything will be there.”

Beltran, now a right fielder instead of being a center fielder, takes the place of the departed Curtis Granderson, who signed a four-year deal with the Mets and could see some time as a part-time DH as well to help preserve his knees, although over the last two seasons, he's been extremely healthy while playing all of his time in the outfield and no break with a DH spot like he will have in the American League.

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