Someone didn’t warn Orbit, the Houston Astros green mascot, that Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers doesn’t like having his head touched.
Evidence of that comes in the form of this image from Drew Sheppard:
Or people might want to start just leaving his head alone. But somehow, it’s not likely that’s going to happen.
A couple of years ago, Amy K. Nelson of SBNation attempted to find out why Beltre was so reluctant to have people touch his dome.
I went up to him and started asking questions. Although he played along, he also looked uncomfortable talking about it. … Beltre said he doesn’t know why, but ever since he was young he hated people touching his head.
“I don’t even let my kids touch it,” he told me.
Does it seem irrational? Sure. But since when was anything about uncontrollable phobias rational?
Unfortunately for Beltre, it’s just something he’ll have to continue to deal with because, well, the average major league baseball player doesn’t exactly make the rounds at MENSA gatherings.