Beltran loves idea of chasing pennant

Updated: June 26, 2004, 1:00 AM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Beltran had played only two games during his rookie season when then-Boston manager Jimy Williams was asked about the young outfielder his team was facing.

"I said, 'He looks like he's a pretty special player ... I think he has a chance to be rookie of the year,' " Williams recalled Friday. "That was after just two games."

Five years later, Williams -- now the manager of the Astros -- is writing the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year's name on Houston's lineup ...

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