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Carlos Beltran Shares Sad Story About Not Being Able to Order Food Because He Couldn’t Speak English
MLB has instituted a long-overdue new policy given the number of Latin American players in the big leagues. This season, for the first time ever, every single team is required to have a full-time Spanish translator in the clubhouse.
Not surprisingly, the Yankees’ Carlos Beltran was a major force in getting this new policy implemented.
Check out the sad story he told the New York Daily News about his struggle just to order food when he moved to the mainland from Puerto Rico as an 18-year-old:
Beltran can relate. During his first years in the Royals organization, the Puerto Rico product didn’t know any English at all. He would go to the food court at a nearby mall and look for somebody eating something he liked.
“I would be on line and there were three people in front of me, so I would watch what they were ordering,” Beltran said. “When it was my turn, if the person in front of me ordered something I liked, I would point and say, ‘Same.’ If they ordered something I didn’t like, I would go to the back of the line and try again. I would sometimes go to the back of the line three or four times.”
Keep in mind, Beltran wasn’t living in New York, or Chicago, or even Kansas City at the time. He was living in towns like Sarasota, Spokane, and Lansing.
“A lot of people thought I was introverted,” Beltran recounted. “People said, ‘He’s a good player, but he doesn’t talk to anybody.’ Maybe my teammates were great people, great human beings, but I didn’t get to meet them because of the language barrier.”
It’s pretty awesome to see that Beltran is doing something to make sure the transition is easier for Latino players coming up today.
Hat Tip – [Daily News]