I sat down with Carlos Beltran to talk about his career, what he is most proud of and what he would do differently. We also got into what he likes, from George Brett to Michael Jordan to Sandra Bullock.
Q: What is the thing you are most proud of about your career?
Q: What would you want a do-over on?
A: Be smart early in my career, meaning training wise.
Q: What did you learn?
A: When you are a young, you kind of abuse your body early in your career. The way I train now is just smarter.
Q: Who is the guy that you looked up to as a kid?
A: We grew up looking up to Roberto Clemente. I look up to a lot of Puerto Rican players, like Bernie [Williams], Roberto Alomar, Ivan Rodriguez, all those guys.
Q: Who is the guy during your career you learned the most from?
A: George Brett in Kansas City. I always looked up to him, being a Hall of Famer. The way he was available in spring training and share things with me. I really appreciated that.
Q: What is your favorite music?
A: It depends on my mood. I have hip hop, salsa, merengue, ballads, Christian music.
Q: What type of hip hop?
A: Jay Z. More Jay Z than anything.
Q: You still like him even though he took Cano to Seattle?
Q: Favorite Food?
A: Latin food, of course. We grew up with rice, beans, chicken, turkey, pork, all that.
Q: Best restaurant in New York?
A: Sofrito. (Editor's Note: Beltran owns part of it)
Q: Favorite actor?
A: Denzel Washington.
Q: All athletes almost say that.
A: He makes it looks so easy, what he does. He is just so natural. He doesn't look like he is acting.
Q: You enjoy watching his skill level.
A: Of course, unbelievable.
Q: Favorite actress?
A: Sandra Bullock.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: John Q.
Q: In 10 years, Carlos Beltran will be doing what?
A: I'll probably be around baseball and spending time with my family.
Q: What would you want to do? Would you want to manage?
A: I love this game so I would never close doors on anything. My perfect job would be being around baseball, be more of an adviser or something and have the opportunity to be with my family. I could be flexible. These coaches are here too early and they leave too late. They have no life.
Q: How important is the Hall of Fame to you?
A: It would be great if it happens. I do believe there are three years I have here that I could make the numbers better. At the end of the day, let's see what happens.
Q: Favorite sport outside of baseball?
Q: Why is that?
A: I played volleyball when I was a kid. That was the sport I like. It is different, but I like it.
Q: Three dinner guests from now or history?
A: Roberto Clemente, for sure. Martin Luther King. I would also say Michael Jordan.
Q: And you would go to Sofrito? Make it for five, I'm coming too.
A: All right.