"I'm not happy about this," Beltre said before going two for five and scoring a run as the San Diego Padres routed the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, 8-2.
"I was told I was hitting third the whole spring," Beltre said."Then I get here this morning and find out I'm hitting seventh.
"I've been waiting for this day for four months. I get out of my house, and I'm happy. I've been thinking all this time about this. This is how he tells me? Like I said, I'm not happy."
Tracy and General Manager Paul DePodesta met with players whose positions they wanted to change to accommodate Bradley. Shawn Green, moving from right field to first base; Dave Roberts, going from center to left field; and Juan Encarnacion, moving from left to right field, were briefed. Beltre was not
"I was looking for him [Sunday]," said Tracy, who after meeting with Beltre earlier in his office, had a heated exchange with him on the field during batting practice.
Beltre was not satisfied, saying Tracy owed him more time to adjust to the change, at least as much time as Green, Roberts and Encarnacion
"I'm not happy about it, but I'm not going to show it," he said. "I'm just going to go out and do my job…. But why me? I've always been a team guy. I always do what the team wants, but this is my sixth year.
"My first three, four, five years, whatever. But this is my sixth year, and it's still me. Any time something has to change, it has to be me. I don't know what it is. I'd just like to know."
Beltre's upset? Not a surprise, but until he has his "breakout" year that a lot of people predict every year, he's going to get the short end of the stick.
Yes doctor, I am sick. Sick of those who are spineless. Sick of those who feel self-entitled. Sick of those who are hypocrites. Yes doctor, an army is forming. Yes doctor, there will be a war. Yes doctor, there will be blood.....
He's mad, yet he says he is a team guy for the past 5 years, and changed to accomodate the team. Well I guess when you reach year 6 you no longer have to be a team guy...The door is closing, and beltre's gonna get hit on the ass on the way out...