RIP: Astros hold 'funeral' for Beltran's glove

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

HOUSTON -- Carlos Beltran has not used his glove in a game in more than two months.

So on Monday, the Houston Astros gathered around their teammate in center field and laid his mitt to rest, holding a mock funeral to send it off.

The silly ceremony was held at Minute Maid Park before batting practice prior to the AL West leaders' game against Seattle. The Astros all wore black shirts to mark the occasion, except for Brian McCann, who donned a black robe to officiate the service.

As McCann spoke, the players formed a semicircle around him and knelt as the glove was placed in a shoe box and three faux tombstones that read "R.I.P." were placed around it. Beltran captured the whole thing on cellphone video.

The 40-year-old Beltran has played 77 times this season, all but nine of them as a designated hitter. He has not been in the field since May 16 in Miami.


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