By: Chris Wehner
When I woke up this morning I figured I'd grab myself a medium-iced regular from Dunks and take a walk around the city to start my Saturday, but then when I went to check twitter I came across something that almost brought tears to my eyes. Former Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre has (brace yourself, folks) 2, 986 career hits entering Saturday's game. Yes, you read that right, 2,986 hits. Only 30 other players have more hits than Beltre in MLB history.
The reason why this hit me so hard emotionally is because not only is Adrian Beltre on his way to the hallowed halls of Cooperstown once he retires (if you argue with me that hes not HOF worthy, well, you're an idiot) but it's because Adrian Beltre is " The One That Got Away" from the Red Sox. After signing 1-year deal with Boston in 2010, Beltre went out to have a career resurrection of sorts hitting .321, with 28 HRs and 102 RBI's after a bizarre injury in 2009 where he hit only .265 with 8 HRs and a meager 44 RBI's. When it was clear that his agent, Scott Boras was going to be looking for top dollar for his client, the Red Sox decided to pass on Beltre in favor of trading for hard-hitting Adrian Gonzalez to man first base and move Kevin Youkilis across the diamond to his natural position at third.
Beltre ended up signing with the Texas Rangers for 6-yrs/$96 million dollars where he has been one of the top offensive and defensive players over the last 7 seasons hitting 175 HRs, 594 RBIs to go along with a .307 BA for the Rangers. Meanwhile, third base for the Red Sox has been a revolving door of sorts (not as bad as the SS position) with the likes of Kevin Youkilis, Nate Spears, Mike Aviles, Will Middlebrooks, Brock Holt, Xander Boegarts, Nick Punto, Deven Marrero and the "Tzunami" Tzu-Wei Lin all having split time at the hot corner. But in the off-season of 2014, the legend himself Pablo "Poe Boy" Sandoval was signed to a 5-yr/$95 million dollar deal that ultimately proved to flop more than his fat tum tum as inconsistency and ability to stay on the field ended his tenure on July 14th of this year when he was officially sent packing.
Now this article isn't meant to shit on the front office for letting a future Hall of Famer walk away in the form of Beltre, but it's more of a public service announcement to teams and people alike that when you have something good in your life, don't let it walk away. We've all at one point or another have had that "The One That Got Away" moment, and in Boston sports that has happened more often that not. But it's okay, I'm not bitter because when Adrian Beltre gets elected into Cooperstown and is donning a fresh Red Sox hat (kidding, obviously) on his plaque all wounds will be healed and although I will be able to forgive, I will never forget.
Photo: (Jonathan Wiggs/Boston Globe)