Thursday, December 16, 2010

To The Needy, Carlos Beltran Will Always Be An All-Star

The best centerfielders in the game are the ones who cover the most ground. By doing so, they make everything easier for those around them. That's exactly what Carlos Beltran has been doing recently, as he's been spotted all over New York this week.

First, he appeared at Citi Field for the MVP Reception on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he answered questions from Mets fans via Twitter. But the biggest thing he did this week did not happen at Citi Field.

Yesterday, Carlos Beltran showed why he's an All-Star off the field as well as on it, by teaming up with Goya Foods and City Harvest to distribute food to New Yorkers in need.

The Mets' centerfielder was in Washington Heights in sub-freezing temperatures to hand out 20,000 pounds of food to residents who would otherwise have difficulty feeding their families this holiday season.

When asked about the need to help those who are in the most dire straits, Beltran offered this statement:

"I think for players, what you do on the field is great. But what you do off the field, for me, that's more important. Life is about impacting other people. It's not about what you do for you, it's what you do for other people."

Kudos to Carlos Beltran for not only recognizing that there are more important things in life than baseball, but for doing his part to give back to the community that has embraced him throughout his six-year stay (and counting) as a New York Met.

Despite all the trade talk and speculation about what position he's going to play next year for the Mets, Carlos Beltran hasn't forgotten that baseball gave him all the wonderful things he has in life. It's refreshing to know that he's taking his gift for playing the game and using it to help those who might have trouble helping themselves.

Carlos Beltran is the true definition of an All-Star and because of it, many New Yorkers will have a happy holiday season this year.

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