Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre had a special connection during their time with the Texas Rangers. The former teammates essentially acted as though they were related, with Andrus as the annoying kid brother and Beltre as the older sibling putting up with his nonsense. From the ongoing attempts to touch Beltre’s head (a pet peeve of his) to pretending to catch popups to third, the duo made the game fun.
Now with the A’s, one may have wondered how quickly it would take for him to acclimate to the clubhouse. Based on his antics Tuesday night, it did not take long at all.
Elvis Andrus still doing Elvis Andrus things
This is just another sign that the universe is getting itself back in order. The weather is improving, the A’s are on fire, and Andrus is still trolling third basemen. Everything is as it should be.
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One could understand if Beltre felt a bit betrayed seeing this highlight. This was one of their things, after all. It was a part of what made their relationship on the diamond so special and highlighted their bond. However, Andrus has moved on to a new team, with Matt Chapman the target of his shenanigans.
Although Andrus had produced a disappointing .127/.167/.182 batting line in his 60 plate appearances heading into Tuesday, his value to the A’s goes beyond what he does on the diamond. He had already proven his value by giving Chapman and Ramon Laureano baserunning tips, helping turn the A’s center fielder into a weapon on the basepaths.
Moments such as his pretending to catch the popup behind Chapman are of a similar nature. Those antics help keep the clubhouse loose, something needed over the course of a long season. It may not show in the box score, but that chemistry can make a difference in the standings.
Elvis Andrus was brought in for more than what he can produce on the diamond. His antics, such as those on Tuesday, are an intangible boost for the Oakland A’s.