04/28/10 6:45 PM ET
Chat transcript: Rangers' Nelson Cruz
Texas slugger fields questions from fans in live chat
By / MLB.com
Nelson Cruz: Hey everyone... we're ready to start.
nate769: Nelly, do you see yourself being a Ranger your entire career? Do you like the DFW metroplex?
Nelson Cruz: Yes, I do. I like the area and it's comfortable and I like the support the fans give us.
nate769: Nelly, when you were first thinking about making the big leagues, what team did you hope to play on?
Nelson Cruz: I just wanted to play in the big leagues when I first started, but the Rangers gave me the opportunity to play here.
eduardo: What was your favorite city to play in during your Minor League career? How did you like Vancouver?
Nelson Cruz: I love Vancouver. It's one of my favorite towns.
antonio: Who's your best friend on the team? When players go out to eat, how large is the typical group?
Nelson Cruz: Best friend is Joaquin Arias and Elvis Andrus. We usually go with Vlad now, but it's mostly the Latin guys.
tboorstein: When outfielders gather during pitching changes, what do they talk about?
Nelson Cruz: Usually talk about anything. Nothing in particular. Whatever comes to mind at that moment. sometimes just how you feel at the plate... why you miss a pitch... or about life. anything.
neto08: Hey Nelson - do you think next month everyone like you, Kinsler and Jarrod will be healthy?
Nelson Cruz: Kinsler is on his way and Salty, too. I hope to be back soon to help the team.
afordham: Do you want to do the Home Run Derby again?
Nelson Cruz: I want to be in the derby again. If I have the chance, I want to be there.
jlignori: How are you feeling physically?
Nelson Cruz: I feel much better, but it's day by day... each day I'm feeling better.
Ashura96: How did you get selected to be in a commercial (which is hilarious by the way) for MLB2K10?
Nelson Cruz: MLB asked me to be in it.
m_young: How has Vlad's presence helped you so far this year?
Nelson Cruz: It gives you more confidence. He's so loose and confident at the plate that it really helps you be the same way.
Bickleyhouse: Who is your favorite big league player?
Nelson Cruz: Vlad.
planogirl: How is your hamstring?
Nelson Cruz: It's feeling better.
rdelar03: Nelson, do you see yourself playing again in Dominican Republic?
Nelson Cruz: Yes. I like to play there and I enjoy it. I love the fans there and the whole situation is good with every game you play there.
Bickleyhouse: What ballparks do you like to visit?
Nelson Cruz: I like to play in Seattle at Safeco Field.
paulj54: What's your favorite tv show?
Nelson Cruz: Discovery.
rdelar03: Who named your bat "Boom Stick"? Was that you or MLB 2K10 people?
Nelson Cruz: The people from MLB with the game.
Bickleyhouse: What is your favorite thing to do in the offseason?
Nelson Cruz: Be at home in the Dominican with my family.
paulj54: What is your favorite movie?
Nelson Cruz: Day After Tomorrow.
Bickleyhouse: What other sport do you like besides baseball?
Nelson Cruz: Basketball - I really want the Cavs to win in the playoffs... but I want to see the Mavs advance on in the finals.
paulj54: What is your favorite food?
Nelson Cruz: Any Dominican food.
kinsler84: Do you have any names for your different bats?
Nelson Cruz: No names...
Bickleyhouse: Do you think the Rangers will be in the playoffs this year?
Nelson Cruz: Yes, I think we have a good chance to make it.
Ashura96: Do you know any languages besides English and Spanish?
Nelson Cruz: Nope... no other languages.
planogirl: Where is your favorite place to eat in Arlington?
Nelson Cruz: I like to go to Texas Land and Cattle
planogirl: How did you pick number 17?
Nelson Cruz: I didn't pick it... they gave it to me. My favorite number is 18.
gbert24: Who has the nicest visitor's clubhouse?
Nelson Cruz: Cleveland is the nicest. The chairs are comfortable and they have games you can play.
unfungames: Do you like the high heat or the low hard one?
Nelson Cruz: I like the ones down the middle.
espnfuture: Do you think you'll make the All-Star game this year?
Nelson Cruz: I hope I make it.
gbert24: Do you ever go to six flags?
Nelson Cruz: I go when I have time to go. My favorite ride is the Titan.
Bickleyhouse: What is your favorite thing to do besides play baseball?
Nelson Cruz: I play video games and like to watch TV, also.
rangerrowdy: You have got off to such a hot start to open the season. Do you think this down time will affect this?
Nelson Cruz: I don't know, I won't know until I return, but I should be rested and ready to come back as hot as I was before. It shouldn't make a difference.
gbert24: Do you have roommates on the road? And if so who do you usually room with?
Nelson Cruz: We have our own room.
unfungames: What was your favorite team growing up?
Nelson Cruz: My favorite team was the Expos.
neto08: Do y'all guys play around in the dugout?
Nelson Cruz: Usually all the Latins and Josh, Kinsler when he's here will play around in the dugout.
gbert24: Which stadium do you like to play in the least?
Nelson Cruz: Boston.
m_young: What is one part of your game that you want to improve?
Nelson Cruz: I try to improve everything and have respect for the game.
m_young: This season you are one of the best fantasy players. Do you play fantasy baseball, and if so do you play with the guys on the team?
Nelson Cruz: We don't play any fantasy baseball.
plunkettr: Do you have any kind of "special" routine that you do either the day before or the day of the game to prepare?
Nelson Cruz: I listen to alot of music before the game. Latin music mostly.
Horatio: Do you like being called Nelly?
Nelson Cruz: Yes, I like it. No other nicknames, so I like Nelly.
Nelson Cruz: That's all the questions we have time for today. Thank you for logging into today's web chat. Check texasrangers.com to find out our next player to sit in the hot seat. - Go Rangers!
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