Adrian Beltre always found a way to distinguish himself. It's hard not to stand out in the crowd when you record over 3,000 hits and hit 477 home runs in 21 decorated MLB seasons.
So, when it came time for him to level with the Texas Rangers about the fact that he was indeed ready to hang up his cleats once and for all, he made sure to do so with an unexpected flourish.
As Rangers general manager Jon Daniels explains, Beltre texted him and asked if they could talk. Getting the sense that the four-time All-Star was preparing to call it a career, Daniels was suddenly thrown a curveball: Beltre, whose contract had expired, told him he was going to sign with the Dodgers.
Typical Beltre: When he was ready to talk to Daniels, he announced his intentions thusly:— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) November 30, 2018
"I've decided to play next year. Dodgers made me an offer. I'm going to play there."
Daniels was stumped.
Beltre: "Just kidding. I'm retiring."
Beltre breaks out laughing at retelling
Not a bad way to rib a high-level team executive on your way out the door, Adrian.
The young up-and-comers in Arlington ought to take note of the legend's deft comedic timing.