Astros shortstop meets actors, chats with players at World Series
By Jesse Sanchez
NEW YORK -- One day, Carlos Correa will look back on his first World Series experience and smile.
The Astros' rookie shortstop traded in his baseball uniform for sharp blazers, dapper dress shirts, stylish shoes and his trademark hats as a guest correspondent for MLB.com during Games 1 and 2 of the Fall Classic in Kansas City and Games 3 and 4 in New York.
"It was crazy, but fun," Correa said. "I had a lot of fun going everywhere and meeting a lot of people -- players in the game right now and those that used to play. It was a great experience. I was busy the whole time, but it was definitely worth it."
On Tuesday, Correa had lunch at Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que to begin a busy day before Game 1. The rookie spent time with actor Paul Rudd and Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt. He made appearances on MLB Network's Intentional Talk, MLB Now and MLB Tonight. He was also a guest on SiriusXM Radio.
"It made a really great impression," Correa said of the museum. "I felt like I was going back in time to learn about the history of the Negro Leagues. It was amazing. There are a lot of great players that I didn't know about, and now I know. It's always good to learn about history. It was a great experience."
Correa spent part of the next two days visiting ESPN's studios in Bristol, Conn., and participating in numerous interviews there.
"The entire week was great, and what I'll remember the most is getting to know the people and people getting to see me as a person and not just a player," Correa said. "I had a lot of fun at my first World Series ever. It was fun to watch, and it will be even better to be on the field. I look forward to playing in a World Series one day."
Friday was another banner day for Correa. He spent more time with Rudd, and met actors Jon Hamm, Joe Lo Truglio and Jon Glaser at Citi Field. Correa also spent quality time with the family of Roberto Clemente, who were in New York to present the annual Roberto Clemente Award before Game 3, and chatted with Clemente Award winner Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"I see these guys on TV because I watch a lot of TV shows, and it was great to see how down to earth and humble they are," Correa said. "They were born to do that, like God gave me the talent to play baseball. They make it look easy, and you know it's not easy. Baseball allows us to meet people like that, and I'm very fortunate to do that."
Correa had a one-on-one chat with Hall of Famer Frank Thomas before Game 4 in New York. He also met Michael Che of "Saturday Night Live" fame on his final day as a special correspondent. Correa returned to Houston before Game 5 and will return to Puerto Rico for the offseason next week.
"Now, it's time to get back to work, get to the gym and work out," Correa said. "I'll start hitting and working out at the ballpark in December, getting ready and trying to get better. I'll rest, work out and get ready for Spring Training."
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.