The Mets team visit to Walter Reed Hospital Tuesday obviously had a large impact on the players (and the broadcasters, if the reaction by Gary, Keith, Ron and Kevin last night was any barometer).
Wait, let me change that to the players that went. Starting pitcher Dillon Gee was told not to go. The toxic contract twins, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo, and Carlos Beltran did not. If there was ever a sign that not just the front office needs some housecleaning, the controversy stirred up by their absence made it clear to anyone that has watched the team.
Adam Rubin at ESPNNewYork has a great article on it. My favorite paragraph is this:
"Beltran responded after Wednesday's 3-2 rubber-game win against the Nationals that he had a conflict with planning for a high school in Puerto Rico he has pushed to build. Castillo suggested he was too squeamish. Perez declined to discuss the matter at all.
"You see people with no legs and with no arms, being in a hospital like that, I don't like to see that," Castillo said.
Said Perez: "I don't answer anything about outside the stadium.""