It’s pretty hard not to like Adrian Beltre. From hating people touching his head to taking a ground ball to a particularly sensitive area to holding back (a very non-resistant) Jose Bautista after Rougned Odor rocked his world, Beltre has a little something for everyone. Today, Beltre had a moment for all time as he recorded his 3,000th Major League hit.
After smacking a double to left field, Beltre watched his three children run out to the right-center field wall to unveil a new sign commemorating the milestone.
“What happened today after the hit, it was the best moment in my life,” Beltre told the Associated Press “When I saw that, I felt like I was in the cloud, because I really saw the joy in their faces. It was a nice moment to enjoy with them, my family, my wife.”
By doing so, Beltre becomes the 31st major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits and the first Dominican player to do so. To make things even sweeter, he was able to share the moment with his father on what is Father’s Day in the Dominican Republic.
“We have a lot of great baseball players in the Dominican Republic, and I’m proud to be one of them,” Beltre said.
While it was likely to happen even without the 3,000 hit badge, Beltre is now essentially a lock for the Hall of Fame once he is eligible. The third baseman has spent his career between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers.