Generosity nose few limits.
Former New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran invented a creative way to show teammate loyalty, offering to foot the bill for a nose job if Jon Niese decided to get one. The Mets' lefty pitcher went ahead with the surgery during this offseason and has already sent the $10,000 bill Beltran's way.
"I did get the bill," Beltran said upon arriving at the Cardinals' spring training complex Thursday morning. "I'm going to wait and go there and give it to him personally when we play them (this spring). I haven't seen him yet."
Since Beltran earned more than $130 million in career salary, he nose better than most how to lavishly spend cash. But he wanted to make one thing clear: He did not suggest that Niese needed a nose job, just offered to pay for one if he decided to do it.
Neise, as someone naturally does after receiving a $10,000 gift, seemed pretty excited about Beltran's offer.
"He came to me that day after the conversation and said, 'Are you sure you are going to pay for it?'" Beltran said. "And I said, 'Yeah, if you do it, I'll pay for it.' So I guess he was happy because he didn't have to pay $10,000 for his nose."
Somewhere, Boston Bruins defenseman Brad Marchand -- affectionately known as the Nose Face Killah -- shakes his head that Beltran decided to play baseball rather than hockey.