After a 40-year career, the Astros put Carlos Beltran's glove to rest. Sometimes as a fan of a baseball team, you lose some of the greats. The Houston Astros had a private memorial for something we have not seen since May 16.
Today, led by Father Brian McCann, George Springer and others buried a baseball glove in center field.As they perform the ceremony, the entire team gathers around to mourn the loss.
Whose glove was it? It would be the one of the legendary outfielder Carlos Beltran.
In his career, Beltran has won three Gold Glove for his all-out play in the outfield. He also participated in nine All-Star games in his 20 years in the MLB.
That was then and this is now. Beltran is the sixth option in the outfield loaded with talent. Beltran's glove has sat in the corner unnoticed for too long. Who is responsible for this act? That would be the unexpected play of Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez.
After the memorial service for Beltran's glove, he spoke about the ceremony. Via Jake Kaplan, "I love it. I have fun with them. They have fun with me. That's what a team should be."
This team has a great personality that stems by the team spark plug Springer. It's great to see McCann having a little fun as well with this.
After placing the tombstone and laying the glove to rest, manager A.J. Hinch joined in on the fun according to Kaplan. He told the guys to dig up the glove because it will be needed soon.
While Beltran hasn't had a chance to contribute much with the glove, his presence has been felt in the locker room. This team's success this year stems from the veteran leadership of McCann and Beltran.
Beltran is 40-years-old and will be part of the Astros 2017 playoff run. Will there be a reincarnation of his glove this year? That would be up to Hinch.