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Why Beltre wore the glasses

05.10.10 at 12:22 am ET
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Adrian Beltre had a pretty good night, only after making a leap of faith not seen in any of his 13 seasons in the big leagues.

After striking out swinging in the second inning, Beltre determined that the wind was not helping matters. He remembered a pair of clear Oakley glasses he had stored away for such occasions, starting four years earlier while in Seattle. The problem was that the third baseman had never actually used the protective glasses in a real game … until Sunday night.

“That first at-bat I struck out and didn’t see the ball good. So I said, ‘I’ve got to try them,’” Beltre explained after the Red Sox’ 9-3 win over the Yankees.

“My eyes are really sensitive and every time it’s windy I can’t see. Today the wind was really bad. It was the first time I’ve ever worn them. Ever. I’ve had them for many years but I’ve never used them.”

He might want to put the glasses in hibernation too long.

On the third pitch of his second at-bat Beltre launched a two-out, two-run double to center field. His next at-bat resulted in another double, this time to left field. By the end of the game he had raised his batting average to .333 with two RBI and two runs, all while wearing the yellow-lensed accessory.

Oh, and by the way, the glasses are not prescription.

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