Adrian Beltre joins the 3,000 hit club in a Texas Rangers uniform
Adrian Beltre had some memorable moments in Texas Rangers history, but none surpassed his clutch 3,000th hit on July 30, 2017.
A day game against Baltimore, hot as it could be, Globe Life Park was as full and as loud as it had ever been.
Fans refused to sit when Adrian would come to the plate, rising and chanting his name throughout his at-bats. They knew what was soon on the horizon.
Then, the fourth inning rolled around.
Texas was down 4-0 to the Baltimore Orioles, and Adrian’s second at-bat was coming up.
The crowd rose to their feet, chanting, screaming, hollering as ball one, ball two and ball three passed by the Rangers legend.
Then on a 3-0 count, with Nomar Mazara on first base, Wade Miley through a two-seam fastball that ran a little to far over the heart of the plate.
Adrian had just snuck it fair down the left field line and pulled up at second base with his 3,000th career hit.
Both dugouts cleared as the uproar of the crowd became deafening.
Hugs came all around from his teammates and, soon, his family.
The Rangers staff dropped the congratulatory banner below the Coca-Cola scoreboard in center field, and his kids revealed his image and the number “3,000” on the right field wall.
This was truly a moment all Rangers fans will never forget, and for me who was in attendance that day, those tears of joy shed will never be forgotten.