Adrian Beltre became the 31st player in baseball history, and the first from the Dominican Republic, to reach 3,000 hits yesterday.
Here was the epic moment he made history:
In the postgame press conference, Beltre gave his best Marshawn Lynch impression, claiming he was just there so he wouldn’t get fined.
Who does it better, Adrain or Marshawn?
Adrian Beltre: "I'm just here so I don't get fined." pic.twitter.com/n0Y1YYPzwb
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) July 30, 2017
Look at Adrian trying to keep the poker face only to crack up after a couple stoic seconds.
But Beltre would go on to describe that moment he ripped a double down the left field line as purely surreal,
“When I hit the ball, I was on a cloud,” Beltre said. “I was running thinking ‘I can’t believe it I did it. It’s done.’ It was a cool moment.”
After Beltre got his hit and stood at 2nd base, his kids came running out of the dugout but ran past him to the outfield wall to unveil a celebratory decal honoring their father’s achievement.
After revealing the new mural, Beltre’s kids then ran to their father.
Beltre told reporters that seeing his kids run towards him as he stood on 2nd base was “the best moment of my life.”
It’s a pretty remarkable record for Beltre, who made his debut with the Dodgers as a 19-year-old in 1998, as 3,000 hits is basically a guarantor of a player’s place in the Hall of Fame.
While other players have gotten more accolades and praise during their careers, Beltre has been the model of consistency, both offensively and defensively at third base.
The four-time All Star and five-time Gold Glove winner is also one of the most hilarious personalities in baseball.
Last week Beltre was ejected from a game for moving the on deck circle to him instead of moving to the on deck circle.
Adrian Beltre got his 3,000th hit in the same week he was ejected for moving the on deck circle. Legend.
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) July 30, 2017
Yes that ump needs to lighten up a little bit…
Adrian Beltre is the GOAT
Ump tells you to stand in on deck circle, fine, no problem, quick adjustment….ejection pic.twitter.com/AQQWGhISia
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 27, 2017
Adrian Beltre is the greatest and Gerry Davis is in need of a sense of humor. pic.twitter.com/y9Mi5EMoC0
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2017
Also, don’t touch Beltre’s head. I don’t know what the reason for this head-touching phobia is, but dude legitimately bugs out if you touch his dome.
He might not like it, but Adrián Beltré might get a few head pats after hit 3,000. pic.twitter.com/hDU6lNlN8G
— ESPN (@espn) July 30, 2017
NEVER touch the head of Adrian Beltre.
(Actually, do it. It makes for a great GIF) pic.twitter.com/ro58CGzYO5
— Stadium (@watchstadium) June 27, 2017
Adam Jones of the Orioles didn’t follow this advice and got a shot below the belt from Beltre yesterday.
— nick (@Nick_Verd) July 30, 2017
There’s a hilarious relationship between Beltre and Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who loves screwing with his partner on the left side of the infield.
Beltre says playing with Andrus is like “having a kid on the field.”
It’s pretty amazing, considering all the great Dominican-born players in baseball, that Beltre was the first from the country to reach the milestone. Surely, he won’t be the last.
Cheers to Adrian Beltre, may your head never be touched again.
Adrian Beltre is not only one of the best third basemen ever, but one of the best ballplayers ever. He is so damn good…and he ain't done.
— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) July 31, 2017