Some days, the timing of baseball is almost unbelievable.
Sunday was one of those days. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been churning toward his 3,000th career hit for quite a while, and it’s possible he could have reached the milestone — which is essentially a guaranteed ticket to the Hall of Fame — a day earlier.
One more grounder could have skipped under a fielder’s glove. One more blooper could have found a clean spot on the outfield grass. Or maybe a look-at-me umpire might not have thrown him out of a game last week for moving the on-deck circle.
But none of those things happened. Beltre’s 3,000th hit came on a line-drive double down the third-base line shortly after 4:30 p.m. ET, at home in front of an adoring crowd.
The hit came mere minutes after another Texas baseball legend, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, finished an emotional and amusing Hall of Fame induction speech.
Rodriguez continued: “He’s a great man. He deserves that and many more. He works hard for it. What he’s done for baseball is unbelievable, on and off the field, with his leadership in the clubhouse and with his teammates, and the way he plays the game on the field for nine innings. The thing is, it’s not going to be his last game. He still has a lot left in his career.”
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