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If you weren’t watching the Cubs/White Sox game tonight, you missed something …

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  • Cubs Dude

    Yep, that dude has amazing written all over him.

  • baldtaxguy

    Awesome.  Someone is gaining focus….

  • J Wilson

    What about his 9th inning AB? DeJesus on 3rd w/ nobody out, I turned on the TV and he was running down to first for an easy groundout. What happened? I’m guessing he swung at a ball low and away and rolled it over? I hope this isn’t the case.

    • Kyle

      He smoked a ball up the middle and was unlucky it went right to the pitcher.

      This is why we can’t have nice things.

      • calicubsfan007

        Kyle: I bet Gawk (Not a typo) was pissed about that!

        • Rooster

          GAWK! Love it! I purposely switched from Comcast to WGN just to hear Gawk call the 9th. I needed to hear that prick call every out and a Cubs victory. He’s a little boy behind that mic.

          I was looking for…’You gotta be bleeping me, a Cubs victory? Bleeping me!”

          Suck it GAWK!

  • J Wilson

    Yeah, great hand-eye coordination, perhaps too good.

  • da_cubs

    Sweet!!

  • MichiganGoat

    Yeah but we should move him to the OF, 3B, or 2B (sarcasm), the man is becoming a general on that infield

    • GoldFinch

      Ha!

    • ottoCub

      I agree completely with your comment about Castro becoming a general on the infield (General Castro!) I was really impressed during last night’s game when he clearly and strongly called Barney off on a pop up around second base. And later, when he took charge of another infield pop that he caught just behind the pitcher’s mound. And then in the 8th inning, when the entire infield met on the mound to talk with Corpas, he put his arms around the shoulders of the group and was talking. I’m confident that he will become a leader in this infield, and a leader on this team. Now that Ramirez and Peña are gone, and Stewart isn’t playing, he has the most experience of any of the infielders. He is the general!

  • Cub Gone Wild

    I just love listening to stone and harrelson cry like babies over a check swing. They are the two most conceited one sided doosh bags ever to call a baseball game. I just wanna bust in and say haha you morons ya just got beat by the team with worst record in baseball two times so pack that in your pipes and smoke it. I hate those clowns more than the team itself. One of the cleanest games of the year after a rough inning.

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    I think he pisses excellence.

  • Brady

    He has made some amazing defensive plays lately.

  • GoldFinch

    That was one hell of a play by Castro! Back to the infield, running full throttle, over the head! That needs exclamation points!!!!!!

  • Leroy K.

    tell ME i’m not focused!!!!! oooh!!! what’s that??? hahaha Good Job Starlin. This guy is proud of you!!!

  • koyiehillsucks

    And that is why you don’t move him from SS, he has gold glove potential. Though the last 10 games he has had some errors. He has been much more consistent defensively since the start of the year, and he is 22!!!

  • AJ

    First time poster, long time reader. I really love the site its been the first thing i look at in the morning. Even in a tough year you have some solid Cubs info. Keep it up!

    • GoldFinch

      Wait till you see what’s coming brother!

  • AJ

    Not to jinx it, but what happens if theres a tie in the Crosstown Cup? are we going soccer style and going by run differential?

    • GoldFinch

      You know, run differential has proven to be a falsehood.

    • rcleven

      Belongs to the Sux for last years winnings.

      • Leroy K

        we had this conversation the other day. Apparantly, and this is NOT from me, if there is a tie it goes to whoever won the year before.

        Edit: just saw Rcleven’s post. Sorry!

  • AJ

    So you just retain the cup if you won it the year before? Theres a victory

  • Big Joe

    Saw the catch in person. Made the game for me right then.

    • GoldFinch

      What catch? Castro?

  • Jeff1969

    Castro is 22 right? This is his 3rd season. As a lifelong Cubs fan & baseball nut, I don’t remember us ever having a player as good as Castro. He is a rare talent who is doing his development in the majors. Look at his dp partner from a few years ago, Junior Lake. Just starting to really hit at AA this year. Castro could possibly be one of those amazing generational type future hall of fame type players. And he’s ours. Just enjoy watching him, hopefully he’ll be the starting SS on the Cubs next World Series participant. Let’s not turn into Philidelphia fans.

    • Jack Weiland

      YES. Yes yes yes yes.

      Thank you. Agree completely. Let’s enjoy the one good thing we have going right now.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    This is play is an exemplar for distinguishing “good,” “great” and “spectacular.” The catch was spectacular. What made it good was how far Castro ranged to get to the ball, and how well he tracked it despite the wind.  What would have made it “great” (but then not spectacular) would have been if he’d tracked it so well that he could have gloved it cleanly!

  • Coldneck

    Fielding WAR on Baseball Reference says the two best defenders in the NL are Barney and Castro.

    • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

      dWAR is messed up this year due to shifts.
      Brett Lawrie is on pace to be a 6 win defender because he’s a 3B that makes plays in RIGHT field when the shift is on.

      • Jack Weiland

        That is a really good point I had never considered. Is anyone trying to fix this?

        • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

          Not sure…I’m at the point where I’ve given up on the defensive metrics until they get better.
          Here is a Colin Wyers article at BP on the shift:
          http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=17183

          • Jack Weiland

            Yeah I haven’t been putting a ton of stock in defensive metrics for the past couple of years because they’re so erratic/flawed, but hadn’t considered the aspect that shifts have on it. Interesting.

            • hansman1982

              Until they are able to get detailed info on the ball’s flight path, where the defender started and where the play ended, defense is best left for the scouts.

              Edit: Even then, as with the offensive side of the ball there is a need to constantly combine the numbers with what the eye sees.

  • Pete

    Incredible catch – love the effort! He is a stud. More impressive is how he consistently goes to right field when hitting – like the 1st pitch of the game. Tremendous talent.

    Sammy Sosa for the Hall of Fame – still love “THE MAN” no matter what.

    • MichiganGoat

      as for Sammy and the HOF it will be real interesting to see how the votes go. He is in the 600 HR club and that has always been thought of as automatic as 3000 hits.

      • Leroy K

        I think he deserves it—but I still love Sosa, and I am not the typical Chicago Cubs fan.

      • Edwin

        I think there are good reasons for him to be in the hall of fame, and good reasons for him not to be in the hall of fame.

  • Jack Weiland

    Technology is amazing. Right before I headed to bed last night, I saw Brett tweet about this (don’t live in Chicago, can’t afford MLB TV) so I made a point to fire up the computer and watch this before I did. Fifty years ago I would have read maybe a line or two about it in the newspaper the next morning.

    What a grab. Glad technology made it possible for me to experience it.

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