To say nothing went right for the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night would be a massive understatement, as the team had one of its worst showings in franchise history.
Playing the Miami Marlins in Texas, the Rangers gave up nine runs in the fourth inning and went on to lose the game by the incredible score of 22-10.
However, in addition to getting pounded by the Marlins, the Rangers also watched as future Hall-of-Famer Adrian Beltre, their star third baseman was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning for a bizarre reason.
As you can see in the video below, the umpire tells Beltre he must stand in the on-deck circle while waiting for his turn to bat. Beltre then comes up with a creative solution to his problem, grabbing the entire circle and pulling it to where he was originally standing.
Though the home fans thought Beltre's antics were hilarious, the umpire didn't think so, and ejected Beltre from the game, sending him to the showers early with his team trailing 18-6:
What makes the ejection so strange is that players rarely stand in the actual on-deck circle when they're waiting to bat, so it's odd that Beltre was singled out for the infraction. He clearly felt the same way.
After the game, Beltre told reporters that he was simply following instructions from the umpire, Gerry Davis, and wasn't trying to show him up with his antics (via MLB.com):
"I wasn't being funny," Beltre said. "He told me to stand on the mat so I pulled the mat where I was and stand on it. I actually did what he told me. I was listening."
Beltre continued, saying he'd been standing in the same spot all series long and therefore thought Davis simply wanted him to move the entire circle closer to him:
"Second base umpire came down and told me I need to move," Beltre said. "I tell Gerry I have no problem but I didn't want to get hit. I've been hit standing over there. He said I don't care and you need to be on top of the mat. So, OK. I pulled the mat where I was at and he threw me out.
"If you see the video you see everybody stand in the same spot. Why was that a problem today? I've been staying in the same spot the whole series."
Beltre went 3-for-3 with two RBI before he was tossed by Davis, and now has 2,996 career hits as he quickly approaches 3,000. When you've put in the time Beltre has and played at the level he's played at for so long, you should be able to put the on-deck circle wherever you want it to be.
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