Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre joined exclusive company on Sunday, becoming the 31st member of the 3,000-hit club.
The Dallas Cowboys appreciated his feat from afar, particularly tight end Jason Witten. Witten joined football’s exclusive 1,000-catch club during the 2015 season.
“I really do admire it,” Witten said of Beltre’s feat. “I was watching yesterday [Saturday] to see. First off, 3,000 hits? There’re not many who have done that. I am in awe of it in a lot of ways is he’s always been consistent. You know, there’s never been a point where, like you say, ‘Man, he really struggled and disappeared for a couple of years.’
“He’s always been consistent and really solid. To be where he’s at in his career and still playing at a high level, I’ve got a lot of respect for him. Just as a fan I enjoyed watching and seeing his family get excited. That’s a heck of an accomplishment. I’ve been pulling for him.”
Witten agreed that the 1,000-catch club in football, in which there are only 15 members, is similar to the 3,000-hit club in baseball. That accomplishment didn’t really hit home until this offseason when Witten ran into other 1,000-catch club members such as Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald.
“They were like, ‘Welcome to the Club’ sort of deal,” Witten said. “Then when you have those conversations it really kind of hits you, man, there’s only been 15 guys to do that. So I do look at it like that in their profession. The slumps and how many tough days you have and to be able to come back and achieve something like that. I’ve got nothing but respect for him.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett echoed those sentiments. Garrett appreciates a variety of sports and is fond of talking about his days with the New York Giants and going to a Yankees’ World Series game.
“Those baseball guys are pretty amazing,” Garrett said. “If you think about what they do, they play 162 games every year. Night after night after night after night after night, and for a guy like him, year after year after year. And it’s a pretty challenging thing to hit a baseball and to hit it at the level he has throughout his career and to maintain it year after year and accumulate 3,000 hits.
“It’s an incredible achievement and he’s been one of the best players in baseball for a long, long time and so highly regarded in baseball but also throughout the sports world.”