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#pounditThursday, January 20, 2022

Elvis Andrus-Adrian Beltre popup war continues (GIF)

Elvis Andrus just loves to mess with Adrian Beltre. The Texas Rangers shortstop’s ongoing antics with his teammate continued on Monday when he decided to interfere with Beltre on a popup yet again.

Adrian Beltre Elvis AndrusThis one occurred in the bottom of the third inning of the Rangers’ 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Adam Jones was up with two on and nobody out and popped up a pitch from Derek Holland to the left side of the infield. Beltre called for the ball and made the putout, but the play did not come without some interference from Andrus, who snickered after Beltre made the catch.

You have to understand that fighting over popups is a regular issue for the two.

We encountered a similar situation on June 22 in a Rangers-Cardinals game.

On May 25, it happened again:

And when he’s not messing with Beltre on popups, Andrus tries to touch Beltre’s head, which we all know is a major no-no. But it’s not always bickering between the two. Let’s take a look at this tender moment they shared back in 2011:

Maybe one day they’ll learn how to play nicely. Or maybe this is just something they do to keep things loose during the exhausting 162-game schedule.

H/T Drew Sheppard


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