KANSAS CITY -- When I walked into the large room this afternoon filled with American League players, I had no idea what I would ask. The first player I saw was C.J. Wilson, who gave me the idea to go ask Adrian Beltre why he hates when people try to touch his head.
Clearly this was a brilliant idea. I went up to him and started asking questions. Although he played along, he also looked uncomfortable talking about it. It physically disturbs him to even think about. I can relate when it comes to mascots (another story for another time). 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.
So I proceeded to practice real journalism and try to find out how his teammates felt about this, and if they had come closer than I had to solving the mystery. Yes, my job sent me to Kansas City for the All-Star game and, yes, I produced a piece about why Beltre resists the touching of his head. Real. Journalism.