With Adrian Beltre just nine hits from 3K, here’s a look back at ten of our favorite Adrian Beltre moments and antics. We’ll post a new one with each hit as we count down to 3,000!
For hit No. 2991:
We all know that Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus are baseball’s best comedic duo with Beltre playing the role of put upon big brother and Elvis doing a game pesky little brother.
But imagine where Elvis Andrus would be today as a man, and a baseball player, without Adrian Beltre. While they may have a loving relationship that shines through on the diamond, Beltre is still one of the living greats of the game and a huge mentor to players like Elvis.
So while Beltre will put up with things like Elvis crowding him on a popup, or being on the top step to remove his helmet after a big home run to make sure Beltre is forced to go through the teammate gauntlet sans hat, he’s not going to let kid brother get away with pimping a “home run” that wasn’t.
As such, on April 19, 2016, Elvis, he of the then 35 career home runs put a charge into one against Josh Fields of the rival Houston Astros. Only it wasn’t until it hit off the wall that Elvis went into “oh crap that’s not a home run” gear and made it in with a double.
While Elvis cracked a “I thought I got that one, I swear!” bashful smile, Adrian Beltre was having none of it.
Though the shot off the top of the left field fence drove in a run, and Elvis eventually scored in an eventual 7-5 win, Elvis still had to endure a teaching moment (re: scowl of doom) from Beltre upon his return to the dugout.
If Adrian Beltre could have, he would have made Elvis run the bases until he collapsed like a dad making his son smoke the entire pack after catching them smoking a cigarette.
As the saying goes, Adrian Beltre wasn’t mad, he was just disappointed. Who in the world would want to disappoint Adrian Beltre? It’s all fun and games for El Capitan until winning is on the line.