Good times were had after the Rangers’ second straight victory, at the expense of hitting coaches Anthony Iapoce and Justin Mashore.
During the advanced meeting Friday, the coaches said that if the Rangers’ offense collected the 10 runs and 10 hits in a win, the hitters could give the coaches the haircut of their choosing.
The leadoff triple by Bryan Holaday in the ninth was the 10th hit, and Delino DeShields followed with a sacrifice fly for the 10th run. The threat of the hitters making good on the challenge became real with a five-run sixth inning, which included the first of two two-run homers by Adrian Beltre.
“They were talking about it the whole game once we put up that five,” said Iapoce, in his first year as hitting coach. “Adrian and everybody were going back and forth saying, ‘Get ready. Get ready.’ You don’t know who to root for. ‘OK, nine will be good.’ “
Iapoce got the worst of it, with a Ron Washington-style cut that he quickly turned into a buzz cut. That didn’t sit well with Beltre, who gave the hair cut.
Mashore, the assistant hitting coach, ended up with a complete buzz, save for a dollop of hair near the forehead for a quasi-Hare Krishna look.
“That was awesome,” said shortstop Elvis Andrus, the mastermind of the Washington hairdo.
“He made us a bet if we scored 10 runs and 10 hits, we could do whatever to his hair,” Beltre said. “Actually, he looks good. I’m trying to be nice.”