Simon: Felix vs. Beltre, the most entertaining baseball rivalry

From Andrew Simon at on April 20, 2018:

Among the many thousands of possible batter-pitcher matchups, there may not be a more entertaining one than Adrian Beltre vs. Felix Hernandez.

Merely calling it a matchup feels insufficient. It’s a friendly rivalry between former teammates, a battle of wits between two intense competitors, and frequently, a comedy act surpassing any between-innings mascot hijinks.

It is scheduled to resume on Friday, when Hernandez is lined up to take the ball as his Mariners face Beltre’s Rangers for the first time in 2018, at Globe Life Park.

What will these two legends have in store for this latest edition of their long-running two-man show?

“For me, it’s fun because obviously we have a little friend/enemy-type thing going on,” Beltre said. “We both like to face each other. I know he is going to come after me. He wants to get me out, and I want to make sure I get a good at-bat against him.”

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Originally published: April 20, 2018. Last Updated: April 20, 2018.