On Monday, the Rangers prevailed over the AL-West rival Mariners by a score of 6-3 (box score). What’s most important, though, is that in the fifth inning Texas philosopher-king/warrior-poet Adrian Beltre was tasked with facing newly summoned Seattle reliever Pat Venditte. Venditte, of course, is a “switch-pitcher,”which ensures that he’ll have the platoon advantage in a given encounter until the mountains crumble into the sea. Beltre, though, in an attempt to upend Venditte’s assumptions, initially greeted him with the Ol’ Gentleman’s Handedness Comeuppance Surprise Whoopsy-Daisy Maximus, which hasn’t been glimpsed on the diamond in lo these many years. Here, see for yourself …
You’ll likely find this evocative of that time Larry Walker in the 1997 All-Star Game turned his helmet around in order to face Randy Johnson from the right side of the plate. Whereas Walker’s merry-making was the reside of self-preservation, Beltre’s was borne of a mighty will that wanted nothing more than baseball triumph.
In the end, though, Beltre wound up batting from his familiar right side and whacking a double off the preternaturally unaccommodating Venditte. You see, even when you beat Adrian Beltre, you lose to Adrian Beltre. Put that on a bumper sticker and tell the world what the world already knows.
Source: CBS Sports / WATCH: Adrian Beltre handles a switch pitcher as only he could