Astros saw birth of ‘Baby Bombers’
Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann spent most of the previous three seasons as teammates with the Yankees, so they got to see the birth of the Bronx Baby Bombers they will face in the ALCS.
“It is a little crazy,” said McCann, the 33-year-old catcher who was traded by New York to Houston last winter. “But when I was behind the scenes and got to see these young guys play, perform and the way (Aaron) Judge came out this year, it’s no surprise they’re in the position they’re in.”
Beltran and McCann are now two of the old guys for another team with plenty of talented youth — the Astros. Both veterans hope for another shot to finally win a World Series ring.
Beltran, the 40-year-old DH in his 20th season, admits he was a bit surprised at how quickly the youngsters developed. “It’s good to watch, it’s very refreshing to watch,” said Beltran, who was sent from New York to Texas at the trade deadline last summer, then returned to Houston in free agency. Many have credited Beltran with having a big impact on Didi Gregorius, the shortstop who succeeded Jeter and homered twice in the ALDS clincher at Cleveland.
“I was the guy who provided that little bit of information for (Gregorius on adjustments),” Beltran said. “I don’t take credit for that. He’s the one who did it.”