As a Chicago Cubs fan, I’ll confess that my heart strings are tugged a little when I see Starlin Castro wearing a Yankees uniform, and having a lot of fun with his new teammates.
Don’t get my wrong. My primary reaction is: good for him. Castro’s time in Chicago was so marked by ups and downs, and unfair criticism about the things people hoped he would be, rather than simple acknowledgements of what he was. But it’s because of that ever-untapped potential that it would elbow me in the ribs just a little to see him have a true breakout in New York.
To that end, in the early going, Castro is having a ton of success already with his new team. As part of yesterday’s crazy 16-6 route of the Astros, Castro had four hits and drove in five, and that included this monster three-run homer:
Through two games with the Yankees, Castro is hitting .625/.625/1.250 with seven RBI. He didn’t reach seven RBI last year with the Cubs until the fourth week of April. Further, those seven RBI are the most by any Yankee in history in his first two games with the team. Wow.
Good for Castro. I sincerely hope he continues to have great success with the Yankees, even as watching it will sting me ever so slightly.