Carlos Beltran has only two at-bats in the World Series. But to understand Beltran’s importance to the Houston Astros, simply consider the role he played in helping first baseman Yuli Gurriel deal with the fallout from the racist gesture the Cuban native made after hitting a home run off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Japanese right-hander, Yu Darvish, in Game 3.

Beltran, 40, said on Saturday that he learned of the incident late in the game from the Astros’ interpreter, Alex Cintron, and spoke with Gurriel in the eighth inning. “I said, ‘Man, we have to talk,’” Beltran said. “There is a situation. You might need to address the media. There is going to be a lot of people.’