Carlos Beltran
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Carlos Beltran is floored by the 2019 New York Yankees, expressing his thoughts with ESNY’s Rob Lepelstat at the LegaCCy Gala. 

NEW YORK, NY—The 2019 New York Yankees have been special. At 101-55, they currently hold the second-best record in Major League Baseball (101-53 Houston Astros). Already AL East champs, the organization’s first since 2012, October lies ahead. 

The injuries they’ve had have been well documented: Giancarlo Stanton, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks, etc.

Despite all the players that have been out, the “next man up” mentality has been real. They haven’t missed a beat. 

Nine-time MLB All-Star Carlos Beltran spent three seasons in the Bronx from 2014-16. He’s also a three-time Gold Glover and two-time Silver Slugger. He’s enjoyed the 2019 Yankees run this season.

“Fun team to watch after all the injuries we have seen this year,” Beltran said when speaking at the LegaCCy Foundation Gala in Manhattan honoring the career of CC Sabathia. “To see younger guys stepping up and having career years, it’s been amazing.”

Gleyber Torres is just 22 years old. He has 38 home runs and 90 RBI this season. Twenty-six-year-old Gary Sanchez has 34 HRs and 77 RBI in just 104 games. Twenty-seven-year-old Gio Urshela has 20 homers and 73 RBI. You see where I’m going with this. The list goes on and on.

Beltran and Sabathia were teammates during Beltran’s three years in the Bronx.

“What I admire about him is his heart,” Beltran said. “Playing this game for so long you have to want it. He has overcome ups and downs and be a strong character to do that. I admire how strong he is as a human being.”

Like anyone else who has spent time with Sabathia, CC’s love for Captain Crunch cereal is no secret.

Fans will remember back in Spring Training 2011 when Sabathia told reporters he lost 25 pounds in the offseason from no longer eating the sugary cereal every day.

Although, according to Beltran, there’s something he loves even more.

“Almost every day, CC loves to eat chocolate chip cookies. He ate a lot of them before the games. Every single day … and I try to join him sometimes.”

Maybe CC really stands for Chocolate Chip? I’m skeptical, to say the least.

Forget oatmeal raisin. I’m with CC. I’ve always been a choco-chip guy myself.

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