In the last year or so, there has been a push of special public service announcements conducted by Major League Baseball players, to help combat teenage and children bullying, especially in the LGBT community and in general, any child who may experience bullying to a degree that it seems like there’s no way out.
Unless you are a baseball player, of course. That doesn’t apply to you.
Let me back up here.
There’s no secret that possibly my favorite Met right now is Jon Niese (okay, it’s a three-way tie between Niese, Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy). I’m also one of those Mets fans who actually liked Carlos Beltran, though admittedly it took me a long time to come around to him. Turns out, in the offseason, Niese had a nose job. I’m not against plastic surgery — I’m against it as a “quick fix” but for someone who has low self-esteem. Yet, rhinoplasty is performed not just for cosmetic procedures but for health reasons, such as deviated septum or sinus/breathing issues. Niese has even said that he can tell his performance is up and can breathe better.
The backstory to the Niese’s nose procedure is that it was Beltran who suggested it.
Not just said, “Hey, if you’re having breathing problems, maybe getting this procedure will help.”
No. It was teasing and making fun of Niese’s nose. Beltran, as they say, was kind of a jerk about it. The same guy who has a mole the size of New Jersey on his face. I hope that Niese came back to him with that. But Beltran did offer to pay for it. Well, that was kind of nice. With Beltran’s millions, he should visit a dermatologist!
But no. Niese took the high road. He took it under advisement and got the procedure. Beltran offered to pay for it, but hasn’t paid up yet. Time will tell.
But it’s just so funny to me that a sport that promotes acceptance and non-bullying, a guy who can easily get bullied for a lunar eclipse on the side of his face is calling out Niese’s nose. If you look at Jon Niese’s profile, his nose gave him character. If it was done for health procedures, then I applaud him especially if it was done in mind of performing better.
Even if it was good-natured ribbing, that wasn’t cool, Carlos. Not cool at all. It seems like Niese is pretty cool about it, but making fun of one’s physical appearance just isn’t something I’m on board with. Of course, I am not privy to what’s going on in the clubhouse…
But Jon, let me tell you. I loved your nose. It gave your character and a certain charm. If you made the decision without being made fun of more power to you, but you have my permission to make fun of Carlos right back. Someone needs to give it to him, too.