Major League baseball should probably consider making Carlos Beltran the poster boy for their I Live For This postseason campaigns, if they haven’t already.
With Game 1 of the NLDS still scoreless between Pittsburgh and St. Louis, the Cardinals outfielder crushed a mammoth three-run homer down the right field line. The blast sparked what turned into a seven-run third inning rally for the Red Birds. More impressively, though, is the company Beltran joined with one swing of the bat.
That home run marked the fifteenth postseason round-tripper of Beltran’s career, tying Babe Ruth for eighth place on the all-time list. Beltran also ranks third among active players, while Yankees slugger Derek Jeter (20) and former Cardinal Albert Pujols (18) sit ahead of him. With the absence of both Jeter and Pujols from this postseason, Beltran could gain some serious ground.
Beltran burst onto the postseason scene with Houston in 2004 as a new member of the “Killer B’s” and knocked eight home runs out of the park in October without even advancing to the World Series.
Beltran also ranks first all time in the postseason with a .782 slugging percentage and 1.252 OPS entering Thursday.
St. Louis would roll in the opener, 9-1. Check out video of Beltran’s moonshot below.