Good NY Mets players best known for one real bad moment
By Tim Boyle
These three New York Mets had good careers in Flushing but are best known for one bad moment.
Some players in New York Mets history managed to become notorious for one single great moment. Endy Chavez comes to mind. His amazing catch in the 2006 NLCS is legendary in the minds of Mets fans.
A similar sentiment could be said about Mike Baxter whose catch in Johan Santana’s no-hitter made him a guy we would never forget.
Unfortunately, there are some players in Mets history who are best known for one single bad moment despite having years of success. From all-time greats to just productive, these good Mets are unfortunately best remembered for coming up short when the team needed the most.
Good Mets known for one bad moment – Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran is known for a lot of things relating to his time with the Mets. Along with putting up some amazing numbers on the field, he also has the distinction of being the only Mets manager to never actually manage a game. We all remember why that is. Amazingly, it’s not what he is best remembered for.
Despite his place as one of the best outfielders in franchise history, it’s Beltran’s performance in 2006 NLCS that many remember him for most. Not long after Chavez’s game-saving catch, Beltran went down on three straight pitches from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. With the bat on his shoulder, Beltran struck out with the bases juiced in the bottom of the ninth.
The strikeout ended the game, put the Cardinals in the World Series, and laid down the groundwork for the Mets to miss the postseason every year until they went back in 2015.
Sadly, the Mets would see two more infamous moments in the 2015 playoffs that defined the careers of other quality players.