GIF: Adrian Beltre Would Like Some Space

During the eighth inning of Friday night’s game between Houston and Texas (box), Astros first baseman Carlos Lee hit a pop fly down the third-base line.

While, in many cases, a third baseman will defer to the shortstop on such a batted ball, it’s also fair to say that deference is not a quality with which Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is particularly familiar.

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To wit:

Regarding this footage, the attentive reader will identify no fewer than four merrie and delightsome qualities, as follow:

1. The gravity and vigor with which Beltre calls for Lee’s pop fly.

2. How Adrian Beltre, while gravely and vigorously calling for Lee’s pop fly, manages also to push shortstop Elvis Andrus with his (i.e. Beltre’s own) gloved hand.

3. How Elvis Andrus, sensing the absurdity of Beltre’s conduct, smiles broadly even before the out is officially recorded.

4. The gravity and vigor with which Beltre informs Andrus — via only his eyes — that he (Beltre) will soon murder him (Andrus).




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13 Responses to “GIF: Adrian Beltre Would Like Some Space”

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  1. Kyle says:

    Almost everything Adrian Beltre does is awesome.

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  2. beachykeen says:

    If you can break a man with only a glare, Elvis Andrus should basically retire. He’s will be weighed down by his shame with every plate appearance and every defensive chance.

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  3. JDanger says:

    This is old news, but someone just sent it to me:
    http://bosoxgifs.imgur.com/beltre_head_rubs/

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  4. Lies & Perfidy says:

    Elvis Andrus is a tremendous troll, and I admire him for it.

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  5. phoenix2042 says:

    I love the death glare at the end. It’s amazing and terrifying.

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  6. Transmission says:

    It looks like Andrus is smiling even before he gets waved away. Andrus is too good of a SS to be doing that by mistake. Methinks he did it to Beltre as a prank?

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    • Greg W says:

      I kind of assumed Andrus was mocking the volume and energy of Beltre calling for the ball, pretending he couldn’t hear him.

      My thought on twitter, was “If looks could kill, this one would be first degree murder.”

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    • The Rajah says:

      Andrus is definitely yanking Beltre’s chain on that one. You have to believe there is payback on the way. If I were Elvis Andrus, I would be very afraid.

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  7. Dr. Feelgood says:

    Holy crap, that’s hilarious. I love how Beltre starts to give him the look before he even catches the ball.

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  8. WinTwins says:

    I get made fun of all the time because I don’t like being touched. Its hard have mild mental illness, it almost results in errors.

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  9. I Saw This on TV says:

    Adrian Beltre did build the great wall of Adrian to keep shortstops like Andrus from invading his territory. And NOTHING gets past the great wall of Adrian. Nothing.

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  10. kid says:

    Kind of like the way an adult Tyrannosaurus looks at an infant Tyrannosaurus as the infant encroaches on the adult’s Brontosaurus supper.

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  11. Mr. Observant says:

    Umm – oh my. Clearly the only issue left to resolve is how often Beltre has consumed human flesh in a frenzy of canabalistic rage. That is one angry person…yum, long pork.

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