A veteran of 14 seasons in the majors, two trades, seven All-Star Game appearances, one $100 million contract and knee injuries that frame his career, Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran understands that — even if he lets his guard down and his personality out — all ballplayers, in the end, are "judged by numbers," he says.

His wife, Jessica, suggests one number that she has counted. It won't appear anywhere on his baseball card.