He Just Hit A Milestone Few Players Reach, But Adrian Beltre Will Be Remembered For Much More

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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre just made history. The 38-year-old just became the 31st player to get more than 3,000 career hits, joining a list that includes names such as Pete Rose, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente. Although the Dominican pelotero is now part of a prestigious list, let’s be honest: we’re going to remember him for his hilarious antics on the diamond and in the dugout.

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If you haven’t paid close attention to Beltre’s career, you’ve probably missed out on him doing stuff like this…

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Yep, that’s him trying to outrun a tag by running into the outfield.

… and this:

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Here he is trolling teammate Elvis Andrus while Andrus attempts to catch a pop fly.

Camera operators know to keep their lenses fixed on him, but once in a while, they get a little too close.

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After the camera op takes a spill, you can see Beltre gesturing, “Yo, I didn’t touch him!”

Apparently, Beltre hates it when people touch his head.

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Look at how quickly he recoils when someone gets close.

So, of course, his teammates always try to mess with him whenever they get a chance:

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They’re willing to risk getting bashed with a batting helmet just to get a rise out him.

Even opposing players try it.

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One look at that move — Neo in “The Matrix” comes to mind — and you can tell Beltre is used to it.

And sometimes, they succeed.

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Although it may look like Beltre completely hates it…

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If you watch closely…

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You’ll see it’s all in good fun…

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Because what is baseball if you’re not having fun?

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Congrats on 3,000 hits and hats off to you for keeping the game fun, Adrian Beltre.

 

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