Amed Rosario, the Mets’ top prospect and potential face of the franchise, recently made his MLB debut. Now he sits down with Steve Serby.
Q: What kind of a career, what do you want Mets fans to say about you 10, 15 years from now?
A: I would say I’d hope it was a marvelous career, and maybe it led to the Hall of Fame.
Q: Do you think you have the talent to get there one day?
A: I think that if God gives me the opportunity first, why not?
Q: What other personal career goals do you have?
A: Reaching Reyes in triples.
Q: Why do you like triples so much?
A: I’d say that’s the hardest one to get in the game, and I like it ’cause I like to run.
Q: What shortstops do you like to watch?
A: Jose Reyes.
Q: Who else?
A: [Carlos] Correa, [Francisco] Lindor.
Q: A scouting report on Amed Rosario?
A: I would say that’s a player with a lot of energy who plays hard. He runs fast.
Q: Best baseball moment other than being called up to the Mets?
A: Oh man, that’s the time I took a picture with Cal Ripken Jr.
Q: When was that?
A: 2008, one of his tournaments.
Q: What do you remember about watching him?
A: Iron Man, ’cause the guy played a lot of games.
Q: Describe Mets fans.
A: I would say those are some passionate fans.
Q: How do you like playing on the big stage and the bright lights?
A: Yeah I kinda like it ’cause it’s the game that adds a little bit of pressure to it.
Q: Why? Does pressure bring out the best in you?
A: Yeah it really actually pushes me to give like 100 per cent of myself into, in a weird way, like enjoy the game.
Q: How do you feel about the great expectations on you?
A: I feel good about those expectations knowing that people have those of me.
Q: Describe your onfield mentality.
A: I would say I’m a happy person. I’m having fun.
Q: What drives you?
A: My family and God.
Q: How do you feel about living in a hotel?
A: I don’t have any problem with it. I’m good wherever I’m at.
Q: How many times have you been to New York City?
A: A lot. I’d say this is a city where you can do a lot of stuff.
Q: Favorite New York City things?
A: Buy clothes … shop.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I’d say I’m a person who’s willing to wear like anything — so long as I look good (smile).
Q: You’ll wear anything?
A: I mean I’m not gonna put on something ugly. . .
Q: How would you describe your personality off the field?
A: Clown (smile). I think I like to try to enjoy life because you never know what’s gonna happen tomorrow.
Q: How long have you believed that, and where does that come from?
A: I think that I really got that from my family, my grandma, my grandpa and even my parents really. Just to enjoy life and let things happen and it’ll be what it’ll be.
Q: What should Mets fans expect from Dominic Smith?
A: He’s a great teammate, tremendous person and I know fans are gonna be expecting big things out of him.
Q: How good a hitter is he?
A: Tremendous hitter.
A: To the other side (opposite field).
Q: And as a first baseman?
A: He’s saved me a lot of times so I would say excellent.
Q: Why are you such a good fielder?
A: I think ’cause I really enjoy the game, I really do just try to enjoy it, and if something bad happens, I forget about it and move on and come fresh the next day.
Q: The worst slump you’ve been in and how did you get out of it?
A: I would say maybe what I’m going through right now.
Q: So how do you get out of it?
A: Keep working and stay positive.
Q: Do you think you’ve been a little too anxious?
A: I would say it’s just a matter of maybe a few adjustments, some movements and just grabbing a little more experience.
Q: Why do you like Twitter so much?
A: I like it because you’re able to interact a lot with fans through it.
Q: One of your tweets: “The impossible only exists in your mind.”
A: If you think negatively, things may turn out negative, so it’s all about what you put in there early on.
Q: Why did you take down your tweet proposing to Queens before you were called up?
A: I think I was a little misinterpreted, I was just trying to have a little fun, I think people really took it the wrong way so I decided to take it down.
Q: What do you think of (Jacob) deGrom’s hair?
Q: Can you grow your hair like that?
A: Nah, I’m almost bald (smile). I love trying to grow it up top here a little bit.
Q: Are you worried about becoming bald because your father is?
A: No, because I got this beard. If I didn’t have this beard, I don’t know then.
Q: How long have you had the beard?
A: I always trim it down but I’d say I’ve had it for a few months now.
Q: Best advice Jose Reyes has given you?
A: Patience. Don’t lose your faith and keep moving forward.
Q: What has he told you about playing in New York?
A: He told me I was gonna feel a little bit of pressure, a lot of fans, and you’ll notice a difference playing at home than when you play on the road.
Q: But you don’t feel the pressure?
A: Not really, ’cause I try not to let that get into my head. It is what God wants it to be.
Q: What did you do with your ($1.75 million) signing bonus?
A: I built my house, we bought some cars for the family, and the rest is just sitting at home.
Q: Tell me about the house (in the Dominican Republic).
A: It’s a big house, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two living rooms, a family room with TV, a backyard with some dogs.
Q: How good did it feel to buy that house for your parents?
A: I think it’s a dream for any person to be able to really bring their family kind of out like that and help them out.
Q: What was the house like that you grew up in?
A: I wouldn’t say I was poor, I wouldn’t say I was rich — just a middle-class home.
Q: What kind of dogs do you have?
A: A Rottweiler and a Boston Terrier.
Q: Is one named Jose and the other Reyes?
A: (Smile) No … one’s named Dodger, and the other one’s named Ansel.
Q: Why those names?
A: Dodger I don’t remember because I was 15 when he was gifted to me. We named Ansel because that’s the name of the owner of Ferrari.
Q: Who are athletes in other sports you like?
A: Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James.
Q: Did you play soccer or basketball?
A: I played soccer ’cause of my dad. My dad was a soccer player.
Q: Are you ever in a bad mood?
A: Sometimes, it depends, but not a whole lot.
Q: Where do you eat here in New York?
A: There’s nothing to worry about, there’s so many Latin places around here. And my sister lives 10 minutes away from me.
Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: Everything. I don’t have one specific thing.
Q: You used to hit with a palm leaf as a boy?
A: It’s a part of a palm. It’s more of a stick part.
Q: You would hit kernels of corn?
A: Like these tiny tiny coconuts, that’s what I was swinging at. That was pretty hard when I was a little kid swinging at that because they were pretty small.
Q: It probably helped your hand-eye coordination, maybe?’
A: I would say yeah a lot.
Q: Tell me about Manny Ramirez.
A: One of my favorite players.
A: I play Nintendo, I like to go out to eat, I like to go shopping.
Q: What would be your ideal girlfriend?
A: I’d say a humble girl, with a kind heart that comes from a hard-working family, a good future. And of course she’s gotta be pretty.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite movie, but I like war movies, and I like Dominican movies because they clown around and they’re pretty funny.
Q: Have you seen Platoon? Saving Private Ryan?
A: I can’t tell you the name of anything, I just know that if one comes on, I see some shots being fired, I’ll probably sit down and watch it.
Q: Favorite singer/entertainer?
A: No, but I do like reggaeton a lot … dembow, that’s Dominican.
Q: Describe your mom.
A: That’s a hard-working woman. She was a business woman, but she’s hanging out at home relaxing now.
Q: What does your father do?
A: My dad was a judge, and now he works with ballplayers’ kids.
Q: Describe your father.
A: That’s a hard-working man, very social … also a clown (smile).
Q: If you could pick two dinner guests …
A: My mom and my dad.
Q: What would you tell Mets fans about what they should expect?
A: I think they’re gonna see someone who’s a leader, who’s always gonna give 100 per cent of himself no matter what happens. Someone with a lot of faith, someone very thankful with God.
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