By ERIC VICCARO
Many Montague County residents were at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Sunday to witness history as Adrian Beltre rapped his 3,000th hit.
Beltre doubled in the fourth inning, much to the delight of every person in the ballpark.
“We were in Section 16, row 29, seats 15-18,” said Sher Wooster, from Montague, who went with friends. “It was unforgettable. Our niece’s friend, it just happened to be her first time ever to go to a Ranger game.”
Former Bowie and current Chico head softball coach Tommy Tomlinson went to the game with his wife, Dena, and others in the family.
“We were in Section 234, row 11, seats 5-7,” Tomlinson said. “It was absolutely a very amazing and emotional experience.”
Tessa Tibbs, from Bowie, reported she was in Section 23, row 3.
“When he hit it, and ran the bases, the roar of the crowd was such that it brought tears to your eyes,” Tibbs said.
On Monday night, Beltre received a congratulatory hug from Seattle Mariners pitcher and good friend Felix Hernandez.
On a three-ball, no-strike count – a rare time for Beltre to swing – he doubled down the left-field line. Adrian’s family ventured out onto the field, with hugs all around. They also unfurled a new display with his historic feat. Read more in the Aug. 2 Bowie News.
Texas Ranger Adrian Beltre hugs his family at second base after recording his 3,000th hit on a double during Sunday’s game versus the Baltimore Orioles. Beltre became the 31st player in major league baseball history to accomplish the feat. This screen shot is from the scoreboard at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Courtesy photo by Sher Wooster)