Adrian Beltre came in carrying a Dominican Republic equipment bag from the WBC, dropped it at his locker and walked around the clubhouse shaking hands with every player, staff member, clubbie and even a few reporters.
He seemed like a guy intent on making a good first impression.
Being a good guy is generally overrated when it comes to winning baseball games. But based on everything that I have heard this winter, Beltre and Marco Scutaro are good teammates who will be positive influences in the clubhouse.
UPDATE, 9:23 a.m.: A few comments from Beltre:
On the Sox: “No doubt we have the pieces here to win. Now we have to put it together and get it done on the field.”
On Safeco being tough on him: “Not on me, on everybody. Safeco can be tough sometimes, it’s true. Especially the first couple of months and the last couple of months. … It was tough for everybody.”
On replacing Mike Lowell: “The thing is, I’ve always had a lot of respect for Mike Lowell whenever I played against him. In my opinion, I think he’s one of the best third baseman. But professionally, stuff happens and he hasn’t been healthy. … There was a decision made and it’s not my decision. I just hope that he gets healthy and he can contribute the best he can. Hopefully everything can turn out for the best.
On his defense: “My mindset is to make every play I can. I want to make every play.”
On where he might hit in the order: “As long as I’m in the lineup, I’ll be OK.”