Wright says Beltran was 'underappreciated'

NEW YORK -- David Wright thinks ex-teammate Carlos Beltran was "in a crazy way, one of the more underappreciated players" he ever played with on the New York Mets.

Wright and Beltran will start for the NL All-Stars on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Beltran will bat second and patrol right field, with Wright batting cleanup and playing third base.

"He had a couple of monster seasons for us, and was a huge reason why we made it as far as we did in 2006. We came a couple runs from making the World Series, and we don't get close to that without Carlos," Wright said of Beltran on Monday.

"So hopefully [his reception from the fans] is warm. I think it's deserving that the fans give him a nice reception because he was a heckuva player for us, and it's unfortunate that he had the injuries that he did, but he had some monster seasons for us and did a lot for the organization and for me as a player."

Beltran, now with the St. Louis Cardinals, played with the Mets from 2005-11. He hit a career-high 41 home runs in 2006, but is more remembered for how that season ended: He took an Adam Wainwright curveball for a called third strike in Game 7 of the NLCS against St. Louis.

"You think about [being underappreciated], but you don't focus on that," Beltran said. "I think when you look at my career, and you look at the numbers I've put up here, I mean, honestly, I felt that just one pitch or maybe one at-bat doesn't really dictate a career. But if the fans want to see it that way, I have nothing against that."

Asked what kind of reception he expected, Beltran responded: "We will find out when they announce my name."