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Astros hold 'funeral' for Carlos Beltran's outfield glove

Astros hold 'funeral' for Carlos Beltran's outfield glove”

At 40 years old, getting Beltran off his feet is a smart move for the Astros, who come into Monday with a 16 1/2 game lead in the AL West.

So in honor of the glove outliving its usefulness for its owner and guardian, the Astros chose to have a little bit of fun before their game against the Mariners on Monday by holding an official funeral for Beltran's mitt in the outfield.

The team has no need to put Beltran in the outfield, outside of any inter-league play they may have later on in the year if they make a run in the postseason.

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Let's hope that, instead of mourning, the Astros remembered all those handsome moments: the diving catches, the snared line drives, the way the glove used to crack when a ball hit the pocket just so. Now they are flying high at 62-30 as they get started this week. It's moments like this that help drive home the point that the team that wins together is also likely to be found having some fun together outside of the actual games. Maybe this serves as an example of yet another bonding experience that will help the Astros continue to grow together moving forward. We're not saying goodbye to an old man's inability to play the field; we're celebrating the life that glove had, and what it used to be.

Let's not forget that Beltran has three Gold Gloves during his career.

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