In the offseason I live on my family's ranch on the Texas-Mexico border. It's an 8,600-acre ranch with a big house on it. My dad and my grandpa used to have lots of cattle there before my grandpa passed away. Now my dad runs it with my brothers.
They export cattle to the U.S. It's been there for what seems like forever. I grew up there. I learned a lot from my dad. My younger brother, who is 19 years old, is his right-hand man there. That's his profession, and he's good at it. It's a big ranch. I love to go there in the offseason, during the winter, and hunt. It's a place where I can see myself spending the rest of my life.
It takes about an hour or so to cover the entire ranch in a truck. It's amazing there. There's so much wildlife and cattle, and it's so close to the house. The views there are spectacular. The ranch is an hour south of Reynosa, near McAllen, Texas.
In our media guide, it says I want to be a full-time cowboy when I retire. That's a slight mistake. We're not full-time cowboys, but I think they misunderstood me when I was telling them about my ranch. I was a little embarrassed. We're not cowboys. We are ranchers, plain and simple. I'm like a country guy. We ride horses, and we raise cattle. Nothing more. That's just who I am.
When we go hunting, it's mostly for whitetail deer. Every year I get my trophy after getting one of the bigger ones. It's a sport. It's a time for me to turn my brain off, relax and enjoy my family.
A second baseman, Jorge Cantu was born in Reynosa, Mexico, and has played all three of his big-league seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. When he amassed 117 RBIs as a 23-year-old in 2005, Cantu led the American League in percentage of baserunners driven in (21.1).
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