Francis Beltran looked intimidating enough on the mound. At 6’6″, 230 pounds, with his hat pulled low and his helmet chin strap beard, one would think one wouldn’t want to face him. One would be wrong.
Any of you touch my stuff, I’ll kill you.
Beltran, at one point thought to be a potential closer for the Cubs, was decidedly not. When Beltran wasn’t walking guys, he was giving up home runs. When he wasn’t doing one of those two things, he was firing the ball all the way to the backstop. Beltran did exactly one good thing in his career. He was part of the four-team trade that brought Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Murton to the Cubs.
Low Point: May 28, 2004 (the Rob Mackowiak Day). In the second game of a double header, the Cubs lead 4-2 in the bottom of the 9th in Pittsburgh. Rob Mackowiak, who in the first game of the double header hit a walk off grand slam, ties the game with a two-run homer off everyone’s favorite “closer” Latroy Hawkins. The Cubs don’t score in the top of the 10th. Beltran comes in to face Cub killer Craig Wilson in the bottom of the 10th. One at-bat, one home run, and one loss later, the Cubs are swept by the lowly Pirates on that obnoxious Saturday. It was one of the worst of several low points of the season for the Cubs.
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