1. Adrian Beltre lines out sharply to LF.
2. Adrian Beltre flies out deep to LF.
3. Adrian Beltre lines out sharply to RF.
4. Adrian Beltre doubles on a line drive to CF.
5. Adrian Beltre homers on a line drive to LF.
If there's anyone who deserves a month in which he hits .400 with 8-10 homeruns and has every single dink fly fall in, it's Adrian Beltre in September. The man has been a beast at the plate all year long; drawing walks and squaring up the ball with great frequency and has just been flattened by bad luck.
I've known for a while that Beltre leaving is going to be a sad moment for me. It's honestly hard to imagine following a team with him not on it, providing some curious histrionics at the plate coupled with just goofy strength and a jaw-dropping third base defense complete with such grace as to make you wonder if the hitter and the fielder are split personalities.
I don't know if Adrian has any interest in sticking around Seattle, but I'd understand completely if he doesn't. And with a new GM coming in this winter and a rebuild at least somewhat likely, we might not even get to enjoy Beltre's contract year here. I have no inside knowledge on this, I just want to make sure that I fully appreciate what we have now because someday it will be gone, and that day might be just a few short months away.
Adrian, I know far too many people have labeled you a bust, but I hope you know that we don't feel that way*. We have your back Adrian and we'd love for you to stay. If you don't, that's fine too, there's always going to be a soft spot in our hearts** for you.
* screw you if you disagree.
** unless you sign with the Angels. Please don't do that to us. There's only so much we can take.