One of the many amazing things to come out of Josh Hamilton’s incredible four home run effort last night was that it marked the second time that one of his teammates had witnessed such an event unfold for his club. Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was actually hitting in front of  Shawn Green in 2002 when he hit four home runs and collected an MLB record 19 total bases.

When asked to compare the two achievements, Beltre said that both players were in a similar zone:

They were both hitting the ball everywhere. They were both completely locked in.

However, Beltre was not in a very similar place last night compared to almost ten years ago. He hits behind Hamilton in the Rangers lineup, not ahead of him, as he did for Green. You might not think that would be much of an issue for Beltre, but it did cause him to hold back on what would’ve been his typical response to such an amazing display from a teammate.

That was my one regret. I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I might have liked. Who knows what I might have yelled.

Evan Grant, of the Dallas Morning News, informs us of a rather unfortunate microphone pick up from a year ago in which Beltre could be heard loudly approving of a big home run with a commonly used expletive. Grant doesn’t expound on the quote any more than this, but it seems obvious that someone asked Beltre to watch his language in the on deck circle.

The always excellent Texas Rangers blog Baseball Time In Arlington goes a little bit deeper into questioning the implied censorship of Beltre.

Comments (10)

  1. How is this even a post?!? I don’t even get what you’re getting at with this. Is it really news and “shocking” that players or anyone in society swears. really!?!? who gives a f#$k

    • Dear Buggs,

      You’re probably new to this whole internet game, so let me run a few things by you that will help ease your confusion for next time.

      This isn’t news. It’s a blog. And on this blog I’m the editor. As editor, I get to post things that amuse me. It not only amuses me that Adrian Beltre was in the lineup for two separate 4 HR games, but that someone has asked him not to use foul language while he’s in the on deck circle.

      If you don’t find this very amusing, you should check out some other posts on the blog and if you don’t find them amusing either, maybe the sensibilities being projected here aren’t for you. At that point, you should probably find another blog that you find more agreeable.


      • Preach on!

        I suggest you copy this post and save it somewhere. You’re gonna need it again soon.

      • Damit, why are you only telling me know that I don’t have to read this blog? I’ve been suffering since it’s inception.

      • wow that was a much more civil response from you then I expected.

        Excellent! I’m just pissed of from yesterdays game. I will continue to lurk in the shadows and refrain from posting my thoughts.

    • Agreed–this post felt more like an article written from a beat reporter. I read beat reporters for “factual” accounts like this one while I read this blog for interpretation. I may not always agree with Parkes and the other contributors, but it’s refreshing to usually be able to count on an articulated viewpoint or claim, of which there is none in this post.

  2. BBTIA is indeed excellent.

  3. Agree with first post. This may be the pastiest, most misleading piece of garb ever. Beltre should sue u

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