Adrian Beltre faced off against Angels right-hander Garrett Richards three times on Friday night, and in all three plate appearances, the end result was a broken bat. On Saturday, Beltre presented Richards with an invoice for $300 to cover the cost of their replacements.
Garrett Richards came into the Angels’ clubhouse proudly holding a piece of paper Saturday afternoon. Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre had sent him an invoice for $300 after Richards broke three of his bats Friday night.
It was a real invoice, like Beltre went to an office-supply store and bought a pack of them or something. “Cash only, no checks,” he wrote above his signature.
Richards sent back a signed batting-practice bat, inscribing on it he hoped that covered his debt.
It’s always a joy when ballplayers have a sense of humor about these things.