Carlos Beltran understands what it means to come first.
Not only has he been named the Mets’ first Latino manager in team history, he also claimed the title of first Latino head coach of a major sports team in any of the Big Apple’s sports teams.
“To the people in Puerto Rico, my mom and dad, blessings. I love you guys,” said a teary-eyed Beltran in spanish. “Thank you to the people of Manati (his hometown in Puerto Rico) who supported me.
“It’s a blessing to be here at this level and to represent Puerto Rico and Latinos around the world. To the kids in my baseball academy (in Puerto Rico), I love you. If you work hard, fight for your dreams, in my mind, anything is possible.”