Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre doesn’t like when you touch his head. He really doesn’t like it, though, when he calls timeout, doesn’t get it and then is called out on strikes. That latter, very specific instance occurred Wednesday night in Texas.
Beltre was rung up by home plate umpire Bill Miller on strike three from Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel after Beltre was unsuccessful in calling timeout. The Houston left-hander went into his windup, after which, Beltre put his hand up to call time. Miller was having none of that, though. He didn’t grant time, and Keuchel continued with the pitch. He threw a sharp breaking ball, and Miller called out Beltre with the third strike.
Beltre obviously wasn’t very happy and had words with Miller after the pitch. Texas manager Ron Washington came out to ensure Beltre didn’t go too far, and Beltre eventually relented and headed back to the dugout.
Maybe next time, Beltre will call timeout a little bit earlier.