Cubs fans are known for getting ahead of themselves and 20-year-old rookie shortstop Starlin Castro did nothing to temper his already high expectations in his Major League debut Friday night, going 2-for-5 with a homer and six RBI. Fans are now giddy at Castro’s prospects.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but it’s pretty clear he’s got Rookie of the Year wrapped up,” said Cubs fan Del Gallon who also runs a blog called Bleed Cubbie Red. “He might not get six RBI every game though. Three or four is probably the daily minimum.”
Other fans are just as stirred up, if not a little misguided.
“I’ve got a Castro jersey on back order and am planning to go to Monday night’s game at Wrigley dressed like a Cuban dictator to show my support for Starlin,” said Bill Deckert of Lakeview who just two years ago regularly wore a full samurai costume to show his affinity for Kosuke Fukudome. “Get it? Fidel Castro? Cuban dictator … ”
The local mainstream sports media did little to calm the Castro hysteria.
“This kid is something special,” said Tribune man Dave Kaplan. “I can’t wait to see him mature into a five-time MVP starting next season. It’s going to be great.”
By Brad Zibung, founder and editor in chief