At what age did you realize you were strong and could hit the ball very far?
When I was 14 years old, a lot of teammates, they were hitting the ball way further than me. And I kept asking myself like, ‘Why don’t I have that strength?’ But when I turned 15, I was able to hit one ball really far away, more than anybody else. After that, it just became something natural, where I was hitting home runs and being very, very strong.
You’re going to be playing in Miami now. You’re Cuban. What’s your favorite meal?
White rice. Sweet plantains. And the mix of the tail of the cow: rabo encendido.
You’re known for your chains. One of them even had a Twitter account. When did that become a thing for you?
It’s always been something I liked since Cuba, but when I came here to this country, I was able to provide myself with nice chains. I always have to have something around my neck.
Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?
I like horses and hunting. Horses my whole life, and hunting in the last couple years.
I heard you like reading. What’s your favorite book, and why?
I’ve been reading “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s about how to be better in life.