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Adrian Beltre’s head-rubbing nightmare continues in Texas

Mar 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Adrian Beltre really, really hates it when someone touches his head and his Red Sox teammates did it so much in the dugout last season that there’s a website filled with video clips of him freaking out.

He changed teams during the offseason and signed a five-year, $80 million contract, but that won’t keep his new teammates from picking up the head-touching slack. In fact, as T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes various Rangers are already making a habit of exploiting Beltre’s weird … I dunno, I guess phobia?

For instance, here’s Elvis Andrus:

Oh yeah … a bunch of times. He better get used to it. He might kick my tail, but I’m going to do it.

And now reigning MVP Josh Hamilton:

Guys just find out and everybody knows about Adrian. You can tell we get him to a point where he might lose it and then we back off. You don’t want it to come to a point where he doesn’t want to come to work because he feels tormented. I have to get to know him better, but that day’s coming.

Yes, you wouldn’t want to rub a man’s head without getting to know him better first.

The primary head-rubbing culprit in Boston was Victor Martinez, so at least Beltre is free from him. He’s still holding onto that grudge, though:

Sometimes I thought about killing him. But I thought about it. I have a family so I didn’t.

Beltre tried to tell Sullivan that the whole head-rubbing thing is actually “no big deal,” but there are a few dozen highly amusing video clips to suggest otherwise and a whole clubhouse full of brand new teammates don’t immediately take such glee in tormenting someone about something unless it’s a pretty big deal for them. Unfortunately for Beltre, he’s probably long past the whole “act like it doesn’t bother you” thing being an effective deterrent.

  1. mdpickles - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    “when you get that nice celebration coming into the dugout and you’re getting your ass hammered by guys, it’s no better feeling than to have that done.” – Matt Stairs..
    Beltre is lucky he doesn’t play for the Phillies!

    • mrhojorisin - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      That is the most frightening quote I’ve ever read.

  2. zacksdad - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Beltre is lucky he does not play for a team with Roman Catholic Priests.

    • phukyouk - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      ZING!

  3. monsieurbear - Mar 17, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Beltre should have insisted on a clause in his contract in which the team pays him some non-trivial amount (say $5K) for each head rub by a team mate. Management would then have strictly enforced a head rubbing ban.

    • dfensfelix - Mar 17, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      That is the single dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life. My brain hurts from reading it. I’ve got a bloody nose now, thanks. Thanks a lot.

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