Adrian Beltre is the undisputed heart and soul of this team, a role he inherited from Michael Young a few years back.
As long as Beltre is in the lineup, the Rangers have a legitimate shot to win. There was talk about trading him earlier this year, and I get why people said it. The Rangers were a bad team and Beltre was the only legitimate piece that could bring back talent. But, as I said then, Beltre was the only reason to watch the Rangers when they were going bad. When they are going good, he is usually the reason.
Anyway, here is a re-post from May 11, the morning after Adrian Beltre hit his 400th home run. (By the way, he ended the season with 413.)
THE 400 CLUB.
Last night, in the first inning, Adrian Belte padded his Hall of Fame resumé with the 400th home run of his career, moving into 52nd on the all-time home run list. He joins nine Hall of Famers in the 400 Club, including Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken, Jr.
Any list with those guys on it is a list you want to be on.
Welcome to the 400 Club, Adrian. Rangers fans are looking forward to every home run that moves you up the list.
Next up, Duke Snider. Thirteen more and he is in the top 50 of all time.