NBC: Adrian Beltre is a headcase

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NBC: Adrian Beltre is a headcase

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Thank you, HardballTalk.com.

I had no idea that Adrian Beltre was such a freak. I remember seeing him shake off teammates' congratulatory dome-daps last season with the Sox, but to have each instance on video and lined up all nice-like.... Tremendous.

Link: Ta-da! Don't touch The Beltre

I love the quotes from Beltre and his new Rangers teammates, compiled by HBT.

Josh Hamilton: "You can tell we get him to a point where he might lose it and then we back off. You dont want it to come to a point where he doesnt want to come to work because he feels tormented. I have to get to know him better, but that days coming."

"Tormented"? Really? Having his head touched is torment? I don't know. He does seem to get absurdly uncomfortable, but that's a strong word.
Note: Three words people need to stop abusing: Epic, asinine, proverbial. As George Carlin wrote, "Proverbial is now being used to describe things that dont appear in proverbs. For instance, "the proverbial drop in the bucket" is incorrect because "a drop in the bucket" is not a proverb, its a metaphor. You wouldnt say, "as welcome as a turd in the proverbial punchbowl," or "as cold as the proverbial nuns box," because neither refers to a proverb."

Beltre on Victor Martinez, provocateur: "Sometimes I thought about killing him. But I thought about it. I have a family so I didnt."

Ha-haaa.... That's a joke, right? Or is Beltre really warning us all that, if he didn't have a wife andor kids, he would have murdered V-Mart because of a noogie?

Maybe Beltre's collisions with Jeremy Hermida and Jacoby Ellsbury weren't accidents.

Oh, whoops! I just broke your ribs. BET YOU'RE NEVER GONNA TOUCH MY HEAD AGAIN.

Just something to think about.

Acciari returns from lower body injury to Bruins practice

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Acciari returns from lower body injury to Bruins practice

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It must have been a relatively minor lower body ailment for fourth-line center candidate Noel Acciari as he returned to the training camp ice for regular practice on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

Acciari had hobbled off the ice in the third period of Wednesday night’ s preseason loss to the Red Wings with what appeared to be a right leg injury and the Providence College alum wasn’t on the ice the following day for training camp practice. 

But Acciari tested things out with the young players after Friday’s training camp sessions, and then was back in the mix for the Black and Gold full force on Saturday.

That’s good news for the 24-year-old Acciari, who was his usual hard-hitting and energetic self while centering Justin Hickman and Anton Blidh in the loss to the Red Wings.

“I feel good. Ready to go again,” said Acciari. “I wish we could have done a little more out there. It was my first game back out there for a while, but there’s definitely room for improvement.”

Acciari is referencing playing with the puck, and being a little more offensive-minded, as the areas where he wants to improve this season after not showing much prowess in the offensive zone last season. 

Acciari was a tough customer and unafraid to throw his body at even the biggest and strongest opponents in his blue-collar 19-game stint in Boston last season, but he also managed just a single assist along with a minus-4 rating.

So, that’s someplace where he feels he can show a bit more after posting seven goals and 19 points in a half-season for Providence last year.

“Just coming off last year, I was in a more defensive mentality. Now this year with a couple of games under my belt, I have a little more confidence to produce more offensively like I know that I can,” said Acciari. “I think the defensive part of the game and the checking is more my strong suit, but I know I can contribute offensively. As I get more comfortable around the team, I know I can help out producing points, and stuff like that.”

Staying healthy and showing some offensive “stuff” could help Acciari in his battle for an NHL roster spot out of camp where Riley Nash, Dominic Moore (who was pulled from Friday night's lineup vs. Detroit with a minor physical ailment) and Austin Czarnik among others are vying for potential fourth-line center spots.