Adrian Beltre gave up his apartment, was ready to leave for the World Baseball Classic tomorrow and then got the news – the Seattle Mariners had made the decision for him and he won’t be going, after all.
"If it was my decision, I was ready to go," Beltre said. "They talked to my agent yesterday and to me today and said they’d made the decision. Maybe I was being a little selfish, but I wanted to go.
"I’d be angry if I didn’t understand, but I do. I’m a big piece of this team, and they don’t want to risk a setback."
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik made the decision, and said he did so in the best interest of the player and the team.
“The bottom line was, he wanted to play and I had to look at the bigger picture.”
"I may slow down a little now," Beltre said. "I may have been rushing this a little bit."
"Yes," he said. "And I don’t have anywhere to live, either. Where ever Jack (Zduriencik) is staying, I’m going to show up at his door and ask for a room."
Zduriencik said that would be fine.
All and all, a tough decision handled with class. Beltre took it with grace – something many players wouldn’t have done.
And Zduriencik made a call he knew would break the heart of a player he respects.