While Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been celebrating being named a reserve on the N.L. All-Star team, his teammates have been unable to bring themselves to inform the budding young star that every team has to have a representative in the Midsummer Classic, and that his selection only means that he is the best player on one of the worst teams in baseball.
Teammates have secretly been feeling sorry for Castro who believes his selection to the team means he is one of the best players in the league, as opposed to being just an above-average player on a well below-average team.
“I mean, when I was selected last year, I knew that was just the benefit of having an okay year on an awful team,” said last year’s Cubs All-Star Marlon Byrd. “But poor Starlin is talking about how great it is to be ‘recognized by the league’ like this and … well, I don’t want to be the one to break the bad news to him.”
Cubs GM Jim Hendry agreed with the players.
“It’s better to just let Starlin enjoy this,” said Hendry. “It’s been a rough season on the kid and he needs a win. Lord knows he’s not gonna get many of those on this year’s Cubs team that I’ve built.”
By Jeff GoodSmith