Adrian Beltre is known for being one of the most prolific hitters in MLB history, but he’s not necessarily known for being a particularly fast base runner.
That didn’t matter on Wednesday night as the Texas Rangers battled the Los Angeles Dodgers. Right after Beltre doubled to pass the late, great Tony Gwynn on the all-time hits list, he stole third base.
And the Dodgers were completely helpless against it, too, as they were playing the shift and literally had nobody covering third. The savvy veteran took complete advantage of this fact and lumbered his way to the corner.
Twitter had a blast with this.
Adrian Beltre’s stolen base total:
Consistency is a skill.
— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) August 30, 2018
Reason 6,743,892 why Adrian Beltre is a national treasure. https://t.co/QlvOtdZKc8
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 30, 2018
Adrian Beltre, bad hamstring and all, just stole third base. Nobody was covering the bag at all. It prolly should be indifference, but it's Beltre and it was hysterical and so, I say give him 50 SBs.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 30, 2018
He always manages to steal exactly one base per season. I love Adrian Beltre.
— Carol M. Rice (@carolmrice1) August 30, 2018
Adrian Beltre, fastest player in baseball https://t.co/EGPV0MwfhM
— Kyle McAreavy (@kyle_mcareavy) August 30, 2018
This is the best thing Adrian Beltre has done in his career https://t.co/4VPF8sxQYv
— Dave Koenecke (@dakoenecke) August 30, 2018