Off the field, Betances is a gentle giant, about as kind a guy as any on his team. We sat down with him to learn a little more about his interests in our latest mound visit.
What is your favorite film?
I loved Training Day with Denzel Washington.
What is your favorite music?
What is your favorite group?
I love Jay Z, obviously, coming from New York. That's who I usually listen to -- Jay Z, Biggie Smalls.
What is a hidden talent you have?
I like playing poker. I don't know if that is hidden. I enjoy playing poker with the family.
You take their money?
I donate once in a while.
What is your favorite sport other than baseball?
Basketball. I love basketball.
You played what position?
Forward and center.
How long did you play?
Until my junior year of high school.
I think his attitude toward the game. He has a winner mentality. His mindset is nobody can stop him and [he] does the best he can to win championships.
Who is the person you met and were like, 'Whoa, that's pretty cool?'
I've met a lot of these basketball players that I enjoy watching -- KD [Kevin Durant], Carmelo [Anthony], Kyrie [Irving]. If I were to pick one guy, it would probably be Jeet [Derek Jeter], when I first met him at Yankee Stadium when I got drafted and I got to meet him. That was pretty cool.
What did he say?
I think when I got drafted, he said, 'Take as much as you can from them.' That was his advice.
I guess. I got a good deal, I guess. (Betances received a $1 million signing bonus.)
What is the best place to go in New York?
I think Central Park is always nice. You get the experience of that whole kind of city life.
How often do you go?
I don't go too much. We go probably twice a year.