Yeah, yeah, yeah. Derek Jeter had a big shining moment on Thursday night when he hit a walk-off single in his final at-bat in his final game at Yankee Stadium. It was admittedly pretty cool.
But in Arlington on Thursday night, less than an hour later, Adrian Beltre had his own big moment in an equally meaningless game.
The veteran third baseman, who has been the rock of the Texas Rangers this season, broke a long power drought by slugging his 19th homer to the opposite field to break a 1-1 tie and give the Rangers their first walkoff home run of the season while keeping the A's playoff hopes in doubt.
“Beltre, there’s not a lot you can say about him,” interim manager Tim Bogar told reporters after the game. “He was looking for a certain pitch and he got it and he didn’t miss it.”
On a night when Jeter rightfully got the headlines, Beltre did something just as big and inched the Rangers closer to spoiling the postseason plans of their fiercest rivals in whatever way possible. You've just gotta love the guy, right?