Beltre WOO!

Dave · September 1, 2008 at 8:04 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Through years of inaccurate criticisms and people referring to him as a disappointment, Adrian Beltre has continued to show up and play terrific baseball for his entire tenure as a Mariner.

Congratulations on your cycle, Adrian. Yet another great accomplishment for a guy who simply doesn’t get the credit he deserves.


22 Responses to “Beltre WOO!”

  1. jordan on September 1st, 2008 8:19 pm

    Congrats Adrian.. It was fun to watch him motor around third..

  2. Joe C on September 1st, 2008 8:20 pm

    Yeah if we could just get rid of Ichiro, Felix and Beltre, all our problems will be solved. Beltre is awesome.

  3. mironos on September 1st, 2008 8:24 pm

    And all that criticism because of one fantastic year. Without that year, how many more people would appreciate him for the great player he is?

  4. RotatorCuff on September 1st, 2008 8:26 pm

    I consider it a pleasure to be able to watch Beltre play third base for the Mariners.

    I hope the guy is here beyond 2009.

  5. BrianL on September 1st, 2008 8:29 pm

    #3 I’d imagine not many more. Many people don’t give defense enough credit and don’t take park factors into consideration.

  6. will_k on September 1st, 2008 8:41 pm

    I am delighted to celebrate and cheer Adrian Beltre hitting for the cycle with a swanky new USS Mariner layout.

    Man I hope he sticks around.

  7. scraps on September 1st, 2008 8:42 pm


  8. msb on September 1st, 2008 8:51 pm

    well, if he wins another Gold Glove or two, and keeps hitting steadily, maybe (maybe) the national press will actually look at his numbers and not do the knee-jerk “Beltre-and-Sexson” thing

  9. mwb on September 1st, 2008 9:14 pm

    Beltre is one of the funnest players to watch – outstanding glove, throws a bullet, and is always interesting to watch work at the plate.

    It brings a smile to my face whenever *he* asks for a call on his checked swings or when he does his little dance (which he doesn’t seem to do as much anymore…). I love watching that guy.

  10. Slippery Elmer on September 1st, 2008 9:14 pm

    mironos wrote: And all that criticism because of one fantastic year. Without that year, how many more people would appreciate him for the great player he is?

    I think that’s a great question. But at the same time, without that fantastic year how many casual fans would even notice him at all? That year put him on the map, for good or for bad.

  11. msb on September 1st, 2008 9:23 pm

    FWIW, on Sportscenter it was the third baseball story, following Cliff Lee’s 20th win & Drew’s cycle. Nothing about Beltre or his season, just that this was a faint highlight in the Mariners sad year.

  12. mironos on September 1st, 2008 9:28 pm

    Some Beltre stats no one asked for (apologies in advance if the formatting is off):


    ’99-07 (avg)

    ’08 (projected)




  13. mironos on September 1st, 2008 9:32 pm

        ’99-07  ’08 (projected)
    BA  .274 – .262
    OBP .328 – .325
    SLG .463 – .458
    HR  23 – 28
    RBI 85 – 85
    R    76 – 79
    BB  44 – 58
    SO  98 – 99

  14. jlc on September 1st, 2008 9:38 pm

    Imagine AB healthy. Can’t wait to watch him next season.

  15. Carson on September 1st, 2008 9:39 pm

    Yesterday I said:

    The nice thing is, when you’ve fallen in love with baseball, you can find something in every single game to keep you entertained and fascinated. Whether it’s Felix, Ichiro, a player from an opposing team, or just paying close attention to some of the more subtle things you may not notice when you’re on the edge of your seat.

    Baseball always finds a way to reward you, you just have to look a little harder for the reward sometimes.

    The baseball Gods proved me right and then some! Huzzah!

    I literally jumped up and down in my living room when I saw that ball headed for the RCF corner out there. That, and Felix’s grand slam, makes you forget about how awful the season has been otherwise, if even only for a few moments.

    Thank you, Adrian.

  16. joser on September 1st, 2008 9:40 pm

    SportsCenter also pointed out that he and Drew hit for the cycle on the same day; the only other time in history two players have hit for the cycle was Sept 17, 1920.

    I thought it was hilarious that after he was safely at third on his triple they asked him if he wanted to keep the ball and his answer was “Why?” He was just jazzed to be 4 for 4 going on 5 for 5: he didn’t even know he was one triple away.

  17. Breadbaker on September 2nd, 2008 1:39 am

    It’s nice that baseball gods watched out for Adrian. That was his first triple of the year, too.

  18. Phightin Phils on September 2nd, 2008 7:02 am

    There’s definately a joy of the game sense about Beltre’s play. That mixed with raw talent makes for great baseball.

  19. Carson on September 2nd, 2008 8:33 am

    This is awesome and all that, but if it would help for the long run, can we shut him down now and fix that injury he’s had forever?

    It isn’t stopping him from playing gold glove defense or hitting the ball solid in stretches, so maybe it isn’t as big of a deal as the media makes it to be?

  20. scraps on September 2nd, 2008 12:24 pm

    That was his first triple of the year, too.

    I wonder if anyone’s ever hit for the cycle and only had that one triple the whole season.

  21. JerBear on September 2nd, 2008 1:50 pm

    I love that when you watch the replay of his triple, he has this bewildered look on his face as he gets up from his slide, and you can see the ump tell him “You just hit for the cycle!”

  22. MsFanInAustin on September 5th, 2008 6:41 am

    That was an awesome game to be at! I wish I could get to see more games like that when the M’s come to visit me in Texas. Not only did I get to see Beltre bat for the cycle, Felix threw me a ball during BP.

    My memories of that night will get me through October.

    BTW… it’s really fun to annoy the ballgirl in left field by rooting for the away team.

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