Felix Hernandez and Adrian Beltre were back to their old tricks Friday night
Felix Hernandez and Adrian Beltre have a long history of engaging in some playful banter when facing each other. The two were Mariners teammates from 2005 to 2009 and they clearly enjoy the occasions when they get to see each other again. As division rivals in the AL West since 2011, that happens with some frequency. After Friday night's Mariners win over the Rangers, 6-2, they've now faced each other 70 times.
On Friday night, the two faced off three times and had fun on each occasion.
It all started in the bottom of the second inning when Hernandez thought Beltre was taking a bit too long to step into the batter's box. So, he decided to help out a friend and direct him to the proper place:
In the fourth inning, King Felix got Beltre to ground into a 5-4-3 double play the proceeded to mock his friend as he walked back to the dugout.
As if two groundouts wasn't enough, Hernandez added injury to insult in his third time facing Beltre, looping a breaking ball straight into the third baseman's hip. At first Beltre and Hernandez stuck to the script of, respectively, feigning anger and disappointment, but the act didn't last long.
It's always fun to see old friends catch up.